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Cape Town - Wednesday’s cold front and heavy rains brought more misery to Capetonians living in low-lying areas, but relief from the rain is expected for the rest of the week.
After a few days of sunshine, the Western Cape was hit by yet another cold front on Wednesday that flooded roads and homes in many areas.
Disaster risk management spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said 186 homes were affected in Chris Hani, Khayelitsha, on Wednesday.
At A Block in Kalkfontein, 105 homes were affected.
“A total of 1 980 people were affected, 1 540 blankets were distributed and 1 880 meals were supplied to people by disaster risk management teams.”
The good news is that the weather is expected to improve from Thursday, with sunshine for the rest of the week and the rain expected to return on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, traffic officials had their hands full with many flooded roads. Marine Drive near Milnerton, Berkley Road near Black River Park and the outbound lane on the M5 were among the routes affected.
Over the past few days, 160 000 shack dwellers have been affected by the heavy rains, according to disaster risk management.
Ocean Satellite Information Systems’ Jean-Pierre Arabonis said that although the weather should be dry and clear, temperatures could plummet and snow on the mountains could be expected.
Thursday will be mostly sunny with a high of 15 degrees and a minimum of seven degrees. Clear skies are predicted for Friday with a high of 18 degrees and a low of eight degrees. By Sunday, the temperatures should reach the mid-20s.
But it will be colder on Monday, and by Tuesday the rain will be back for most of the week.