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27 February 2024 𝐖𝐄𝐀𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑 𝐀𝐋𝐄𝐑𝐓: πƒπ€πŒπ€π†πˆππ† π–πˆππƒπ’

𝐖𝐄𝐀𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑 𝐀𝐋𝐄𝐑𝐓: πƒπ€πŒπ€π†πˆππ† π–πˆππƒπ’
The South African Weather Service issued a Level 2 warning regarding damaging winds predicted from 26 February to 28 February. Strong and gusty south-easterly winds (50-70km/h) are expected, with wave heights 3 to 4 metres.

15 February 2024 Impact Based Weather Warning: Damaging Winds and Severe Thunderstorms

Impact-Based Weather Warning: Damaging Winds and Severe Thunderstorms

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued a weather warning valid from 15/02/2024 at 20h00 until 16/02/2024 at 21h00.

  • Areas affected by damaging winds, include Bitou, George, Hessequa, Knysna and Mossel Bay
  • Areas affected by severe thunderstorms, include Bitou, George, Hessequa, Knysna and Mossel Bay

Report weather-related incidents to the Garden Route Disaster Management Centre at 044 805 5071.

27 December 2023 Impact Based Weather Warning: Level 3 for disruptive rain from 30 December until 31 December 2023

Impact-Based Weather Warning: Level 2 for disruptive rain

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued aΒ level 3 disruptive rain warning for Saturday, 30 December and Sunday, 31 December 2023.

Areas in the district affected by the level 3 disruptive rain warning include Hessequa, Mossel Bay, George, Knysna and Bitou.

Report weather related incidents to theΒ Garden Route Disaster Management Centre at 044 805 5071.

8 December 2023 Impact Based Weather Warning: Level 2 for disruptive rain

Impact Based Weather Warning: Level 2 for disruptive rain

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued aΒ level 2 disruptive rain warning for Saturday, 9 December 2023.

Areas in the district affected by level 2 disruptive rain warning include Hessequa and Mossel Bay.

Report weather related incidents to theΒ Garden Route Disaster Management Centre at 044 805 5071.

20 November 2023 Impact Based Weather Warning: Level 1 for damaging waves

Impact Based Weather Warning: Level 1 for damaging waves

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued aΒ level 1 damaging waves warning for Monday, 20 November 2023 until Wednesday, 22 November 2023.

Areas in the district affected by level 1 damaging waves warning include Hessequa, Bitou, George, Knysna and Mossel Bay.

Report weather related incidents to theΒ Garden Route Disaster Management Centre at 044 805 5071.

14 November 2023 Impact Based Weather Warning: VELD FIRE WARNING FOR FDI >75

Impact Based Weather Warning: VELD FIRE WARNING FOR FDI >75

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued a veld fire warning for Tuesday, 14 November until Wednesday, 15 November 2023.

Areas in the district affected by veld fire warning include Hessequa, Kannaland and Oudtshoorn.

Report weather related incidents to theΒ Garden Route Disaster Management Centre at 044 805 5071.

26 October 2023 Impact Based Weather Warning: Damaging Waves

Impact Based Weather Warning: Damaging Waves

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued a Level 2 weather warning fro Damaging Waves valid from Friday, 27 October to Saturday, 28 October 2023.

Areas affected by damaging waves include Bitou, George, Hessequa, Knysna and Mossel Bay.

Report weather related incidents to the Garden Route Disaster Management Centre at 044 805 5071.

20 October 2023 Media Release: Heavy rain and storms over Western and Eastern Cape this weekend – 21-22 October

Media Release: Heavy rain and storms over Western and Eastern Cape this weekend – 21-22 October

For immediate release
20 October 2023

Scarcely a week after the last bout of heavy rainfall over southern Africa, numeric weather prediction (NWP) models are suggesting yet another episode of significant rainfall, this time over the Western and Eastern Cape. This system may also produce some severe thunderstorms, with appropriate warnings already issued for Saturday (21 October).

A cut-off low-pressure system (the equatorward displacement of a low-pressure system at high altitudes) is in the process of developing over the southern Atlantic Ocean, to the south-west of the Western Cape. This fast moving system is evolving rapidly and is expected to be encroaching on the west coast of Western Cape as early as this evening (20 October).

Whilst cut-off lows are typically efficient producers of rain, often of a heavy nature, these systems also have a reputation for causing widespread severe weather such as flooding, heavy rainfall, and severe thunderstorms. Widespread showers and thundershowers can be expected over parts of the Western and Eastern Cape tomorrow (21 October), shifting eastwards on Sunday (22 October), when continuing to affect the Eastern Cape.

Figure 1Β  indicates the current location of the developing cut-off low, positioned to the south-west of the country. By this evening, the system will start to invade of the western extremities of the Western Cape. Notably, the system is fast-moving and will affect the majority of the Cape provinces, especially Western Cape and Eastern Cape, tomorrow.

As indicated by Figure 2 as well as Figure 3, rainfall, in the form of scattered showers and thundershowers, can be anticipated over Western Cape tomorrow, when some of the storms may become severe. Western Cape Districts expected to be affected include the Cape Winelands, Overberg, Garden Route and central Karoo. The southern extremities of Northern Cape could also be similarly affected by severe storms.

With reference to Figure 2 (A), it is significant that disruptive rainfall may occur over parts of Eastern Cape on Saturday (21 October), resulting in possible flooding as well as posing a significant risk to life and property. Numeric Weather Prediction (NWP) models suggest 100 mm or more of rainfall, within a 24-hour period, for some places. Hence, a Level 6 ORANGE Warning has been issued for parts of the Eastern Cape, as indicated in Figure 3. It is also relevant to mention that the surface terrain over many parts of the Eastern Cape is still wet and saturated, following recent episodes of good rainfall. Saturated ground has a reduced capacity for infiltration of rainfall. Fresh rainfall on saturated ground rapidly leads to overland runoff, thus exacerbating the risk of flooding, as excess rainfall is diverted to swell river systems.

The cut-off low will continue to rapidly intensify during the weekend as it migrates eastward. By Sunday, most of the thunderstorms will have cleared over the Western and Northern Cape, with the focus shifting to the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, where further rainfall is expected to persist.

The South African Weather Service will continue to monitor this weather system and issue subsequent updates over the next few days. Updated impact-based warnings will be issued in due course. It is strongly advised that the public regularly follow weather forecasts on television, radio, as well as all social media platforms. Updated information in this regard will regularly be available at www.weathersa.co.za as well as on X @SAWeatherServic and Facebook @SouthAfricanWeatherservic.

Click hereΒ to download the Official Media Release.

Compiled by Kevin Rae
Edited by Elizabeth Viljoen
Approved by Tshepho Ngobeni, Senior Manager: Disaster Risk Reduction

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19 October 2023 Impact Based Weather Warning: Severe Thunderstorms

Impact Based Weather Warning: Severe Thunderstorms

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued a weather warning valid for Saturday, 21 October 2023.

Areas affected by wet and windy conditions include Bitou, Oudtshoorn, George, Hessequa, Knysna, Kannaland and Mossel Bay.

Report weather related incidents to theΒ Garden Route Disaster Management Centre at 044 805 5071.

22 September 2023 Impact-Based Severe Weather Warnings – Level 6 for Damaging Waves, Severe Thunderstorms and Damaging Winds

Three severe weather alerts have been issued and are expected to impact various areas within the Garden Route district.

Warnings are all valid from Sunday, 24 September at 00:00 in the morning until 00:00 on Monday 25 September 2023.

Towns to be impacted by DAMAGING WINDS and SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS in the region include all towns – Bitou, Knysna, George, Mossel Bay, Hessequa, Kannaland, and Oudtshoorn.

All coastal towns of the Garden Route will be impacted by DAMAGING WAVES – these include Bitou, Knysna, George, Mossel Bay, and Hessequa.

  • Level 6 for Damaging Winds (high likelihood, with a significant impact)
  • Level 6 for Severe Thunderstorms (high likelihood, with a significant impact)
  • Level 6 for Damaging Waves (high likelihood, with a significant impact)

Below find copies of the Severe Weather Alerts issued by the South African Weather Service.

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Report weather-related incidents to the Garden Route Disaster Management Centre at 044 805 5071.