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Thundershowers expected over Western and Northern Cape on Saturday, says SA Weather Service

The South African Weather Service has alerted the public to Yellow Level 2 warning for parts of the Western and Northern Cape on Saturday. File Picture: Michael Pinyana/African News Agency (ANA) Archives

The South African Weather Service has alerted the public to Yellow Level 2 warning for parts of the Western and Northern Cape on Saturday. File Picture: Michael Pinyana/African News Agency (ANA) Archives

Published Dec 3, 2021

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Cape Town – The South African Weather Service has alerted the public to Yellow Level 2 warning for parts of the Western and Northern Cape on Saturday.

The Yellow Level 2 warning – which means heavy rains are expected, and flooding is possible, and the public should monitor weather conditions – is valid from 11am onwards until at night.

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The SA Weather Service (SAWS) said: “Scattered to widespread thundershowers due to a cut-off low pressure weather system are expected over the north and central parts of Western Cape (Cape Winelands, Central Karoo) and the southern Namakwa tomorrow.

“Some of these storms may be severe, leading to periods of heavy downpours associated with rainfall accumulations of 20mm to 35mm, lightning strikes, and gusty winds.”

The weather service added that some of the impact expected to hit these areas were:

  • Localised flash flooding of susceptible roads, low-lying areas, and bridges due to heavy rain
  • Large amount of hail causing slippery roads
  • This can also contribute to vehicle accidents
  • Localised damage to infrastructure and settlements due to gusty wind
  • Possible localised and short-term disruption to essential service due to lightning strikes

Earlier in the week the weather service had predicted fair weather for the Western Cape with partly cloudy to cloudy conditions expected, which will only clear towards Sunday afternoon.

Some small and scattered showers and thundershowers are possible over the eastern parts of the province had been expected for today, to clear by Sunday morning.

Visit the SAWS website www.weathersa.co.za/home/warnings for instructions and more information.

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