A deluge of overnight rain has persisted through the early morning rush hour, prompting the South African Weather Service to issue severeal flood alerts on Friday. The Cape Town weather has also sparked a few traffic incidents which threaten to turn the commute into a nightmare.
— Rob Beezy (@TrafficSA) October 25, 2019
Cape Town weather: Flood alerts in place for Friday 25 October
The following weather alerts are in place from 10:00 – 21:00.
- City of Cape Town – weather watch, flood alerts.
- Theewaterskloof and Grabouw – weather watch, flood alerts.
- Overstrand and Hermanus – weather watch, flood alerts.
Intense periods of rain are expected over the south-western Cape Winelands, western Overberg and Cape Metropole (Informal settlements) on Friday. Some areas in the province are touted to get more than 50mm of rain. While this may be good news for the dams, many of our poorer citizens are at risk of having their homes flooded.
Cape Town traffic latest updates for Friday 25 October
As is always the case with extreme weather conditions, the traffic has been substantially affected in Cape Town this morning. A number of problems have been reported during the early commute to work:
- One lane has been closed on the N1 Southbound at Rigel Avenue.
- The N2 Outbound before R300 als has a lane closure.
- R300 Northbound on the ramp to Old Paarl is severely congested.
- There are reports of jack-knifed truck on the N1 Outbound, opposite Ysterplaat and just before Century City.
- Crash on N2 Inbound On Hospital Bend – expect delays.
Earlier in the day, a taxi had flipped over on the approach to the N2 at Symphony Bridge. This incident has since been cleared-up, but the dreadful effects the moody Cape Town weather can have on the roads has already become apparent:
#crash TAXI overturned Symphony way bridge and N2.. Cape Town.. Expect delays services on scene.. @BOSBEER2006 @1SecondLater @ArriveAlive @EWNTraffic @capetraffic @BokRadio @SALTruckers #ArriveAlive pic.twitter.com/OxxPciP7cf
— BOSBEER.COM (@BOSBEER2006) October 25, 2019
What is the difference between a weather alert and a weather warning?
A “weather alert” is an advisory which raises awareness in advance of either an expected large scale potential disruptive weather system that could later lead to specific warnings with time, or to less urgent alerts of uncommon conditions. This is currently in place for Cape Town weather forecast.
Meanwhile, a “weather warning” is an alert calling for the reaction due to a very high certainty of a severe weather hazard which is already occurring or imminent within 24 hours, and that could lead to disruptive and disastrous conditions. No severe warnings have yet been issued for the Western Cape, but that may change on Friday.
eThekwini Municipality Spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela said this alert was considered with seriousness as further local assessment of global forecasts show mild rainfall for the next two days as well.
Ongoing monitoring of potential flood risks
Ongoing monitoring will continue and weather advisories will be issued where appropriate.
“In case of flooding, residents are advised to stay indoors and off the roads, avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams where water is above the ankles,” said Mayisela.
“If trapped in flooding in a vehicle, abandon it and climb to higher ground. In buildings, move valuables to a safe place above the expected flood level. Switch off electricity at the supply point to the building.”
In an emergency, relocate animals and find higher ground
Mayisela said residents in rural areas should relocate animals to a safe place on higher ground.
“Abandon your home immediately if evacuation is recommended, before access is cut off by flood water. Never drive on a road covered by water. You do not know how deep it is or if the road has been washed away. If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground,” advised Mayisela.
“Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to recognise flood dangers. Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from Disaster Management officers.”
Emergency services contact number
Mayisela said in case of emergency residents may contact the emergency services call centre on 031 361 0000.
On Thursday KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka announced that disaster management teams has been placed in the province.
– African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Moses Mudzwiti
We all know how badly the south-west needs rain. But sometimes, those downpours can be a double-edged sword. Although this latest deluge is expected to work wonders for the dam levels, it comes with a set of Cape Town weather warnings for the duration of Tuesday.
Wild weather in the Western Cape
Flooding, damaging winds and torrential downpours are expected across the province right through until Wednesday morning. In total, seven individual warnings have been given out, with many more regions in the Western Cape province on a weather watch. In fact, several places have been told to prepare for snow.
“Snow is expected on Tuesday evening and possibly reaching more than 10cm in places (Karoo Hoogland, Cederberg and Langeberg). This could lead to icy roads and possible loss of vulnerable livestock as well as non-major passes being closed for a short period of time.”
“The bulk of the rainfall will occur in the western parts of the Western Cape on Tuesday (23 July 2019) which could be heavy at times and lead to flooding of roads and informal settlements as well as cause major traffic disruptions. There is also a possibility of rockfalls and mudslides in places.”
SA Weather Service statement on Tuesday’s Cape Town weather warnings
Cape Town weather warnings for Tuesday 23 July
These warnings are in place from 8:00 – 21:00
- Berg River and Redelingshuys: Flooding
- City of Cape Town: Heavy rain
- Drakenstein / Paarl: Heavy rain
- Langeberg / Robertson: Heavy rain
- Overstand / Hermanus: Flooding
- Saldanha Bay / Langebaan: Flooding
- Swartland / Malmesbury: Flooding
Cape Town weather watches for Tuesday 23 July
These watches are in place from 10:00 – 22:00
- Cape Agulhas: Damaging winds
- The coastline from Knysna up to Saldhana Bay: High Seas, up to seven metres tall
- Theewaterskloof, Stellenbosch, Breede Valley and Worcester, Witzenberg and Ceres, Cederberg: Snow
What is the difference between a weather warning and a weather watch?
A “weather watch” is an alert which calls for preparedness to weather hazards that will most likely will occur within 1 to 3 days and that could lead to disruptive and disastrous conditions This is currently in place for Cape Town and its surrounding areas on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a “weather warning” is an alert calling for the reaction due to a very high certainty of a severe weather hazard which is already occurring or imminent within 24 hours, and that could lead to disruptive and disastrous conditions.
- You can read more about the upcoming Cape Town weather warnings here:
Alerts for tomorrow (23 July 2019). Heavy rain leading to localized flooding, gale force winds and disruptive snowfall expected in some areas. pic.twitter.com/ik49SgiqtC
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) July 22, 2019
As the second part of an intense cold front sweeps into the Mother City on Sunday, the much-needed rain may come at a cost: Several Cape Town weather warnings and watches have been issued for the last day of the month.
Fire and floods expected in the south-west
While most of the Western Cape will be preparing for the downpours, regions towards the north-east of the province and the Karoo have been issued with weather warnings, too: Veld fire conditions are expected in the drier parts of the region, as high winds threaten to help spark a blaze.
The Eastern Cape, the Northern Cape, Free State and North West are also at risk of wildfires over the next 24 hours.
According to the SA Weather Service (Saws), the worst of the weather conditions will take place from Sunday afternoon onwards, with some advisories tentatively in place for Monday. More rain is expected to fall at the start of the week, too. Saws are expecting “a conservative amount” of the wet stuff, but still remain vigilant:
“The South African Weather Service (Saws) would like to alert the general public regarding the expected arrival of a cold frontal system over the south-western part of Western Cape from Sunday afternoon, 30 June 2019, onwards.”
“This weather system is expected to arrive in association with a particularly well-defined upper air trough. Cold, windy and rainy weather will therefore set in over the Western and Northern Cape in the latter half of Sunday.”
Cape Town weather warnings for Sunday 30 June
Veld fire warnings are in place from 8:00 until 16:00
- Beaufort West
- Kannaland / Ladismith
- Prince Albert
Cape Town weather watches for Sunday 30 June
Flood watches are in place from 14:00 until 21:00
- City of Cape Town
- Overstrand / Hermanus
- Theewaterskloof / Grabouw
What is the difference between a weather warning and an advisory?
A “weather alert” is an advisory which raises awareness in advance of either an expected large scale potential disruptive weather system that could later lead to specific warnings with time, or to less urgent alerts of uncommon conditions. This is currently in place for Cape Town and its surrounding areas.
Meanwhile, a “weather warning” is an alert calling for the reaction due to a very high certainty of a severe weather hazard which is already occurring or imminent within 24 hours, and that could lead to disruptive and disastrous conditions. No severe warnings have yet been issued for the Western Cape.