Full alert as wild winds, cold, rain, swells return

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The cold, rain, galeforce winds and high seas are back and will be with us most of the weekend, the South African Weather Service has warned.


City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre has put rescuers on full alert.

While there are no indications of particularly heavy rainfall, disaster management officials have called on people to be careful in the strong north-westerly winds.

The weather service said the rainfall was expected to ease by Sunday.

Maximum temperatives were likely to be a chilly 14ºC and closer to 10ºC and below on high ground, it said.

Sea swells of up to 4.5m in exposed ocean areas between Cape Columbine and Plettenberg Bay were also predicted.

The swells should subside on Sunday.

Disaster Risk Management spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes advised motorists to slow down and maintain safe following distances.

He also appealed to people to keep a watchful eye on open flames or fires and extinguish them before going to bed.

Emergency or distress calls can be made to the 107 emergency number from a landline.

Cellphone users should dial 021 480 7700.

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