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Weather Update South Africa 9th of April 2024

Weather Update 9th April 2024

South Africa is currently grappling with a severe weather system, as warned by the South African Weather Service (SAWS), impacting various regions with heavy rain, potential flooding, and strong winds. The warnings issued by SAWS outline the following impact-based alerts:

A. Yellow Level 4 Warning: This warning is in effect for regions including the Garden Route and parts of the Overberg District Municipality in the Western Cape, eastern parts of North West province, Gauteng, southern areas of the Western Bushveld in Limpopo, and western parts of Mpumalanga. Disruptive rain could lead to flooding of settlements, roads, and low-lying bridges in these areas.

B. Yellow Level 2 Warning: Nelson Mandela Bay and areas encompassing the Koukamma, Kouga, and Sundays River Local Municipalities in the Eastern Cape are under this warning. It alerts residents to potential localized flooding due to disruptive rain impacting settlements, roads, and low-lying bridges.

Regional Weather Outlook:

  1. Gauteng: Expect cloudy and cool conditions with scattered showers and thundershowers, transitioning to partly cloudy in the afternoon. The UVB sunburn index is low.
  2. Mpumalanga: Morning fog is likely along the escarpment and Highveld. The day will be cloudy and cool, turning hot in the Lowveld with scattered showers and thundershowers in the west, becoming partly cloudy later.
  3. Limpopo: Cloudy and cool to warm temperatures are anticipated with scattered showers and thundershowers in specific areas, gradually becoming partly cloudy.
  4. North West: Cloudy, windy, and cool to warm with scattered to isolated showers and thundershowers.
  5. Free State: Cloudy and cold to cool with isolated showers and thundershowers, especially in the extreme east.
  6. Northern Cape: Partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated showers and thundershowers in the south and windy conditions along the coast.
  7. Western Cape: Cloudy and cool with scattered showers and thundershowers, particularly along the south coast, and moderate to fresh south-westerly winds along the coast.
  8. Eastern Cape: Cloudy and cold with showers and thundershowers, more widespread in the south. Wind conditions vary along the coast.
  9. KwaZulu-Natal: Cloudy with isolated showers and thundershowers, especially in certain coastal areas with varying wind patterns.

Impact of the Weather System:

The ongoing cut-off low weather system has brought heavy rain, strong winds, and damage to infrastructure across South Africa’s central interior. Some regions have already seen over 50mm of rain, raising concerns about potential flooding as the weather system persists. SAWS has issued Orange Level 9 and Level 6 warnings for parts of the Western Cape, highlighting the risk of flooding and strong waves affecting coastal navigation.

Forecaster Lehlohonolo Thobela emphasized the continued expectation of widespread showers and thundershowers across central and southern regions, including the Western Cape, Free State, Eastern Cape, North West, parts of KwaZulu-Natal, and southwestern Gauteng. Residents are advised to stay updated with local weather alerts and take necessary precautions during this weather event.


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