Category: <span>Severe Weather Alert</span>

11 July 2022 Impact Based Weather Warnings for Western Cape and Namaqua: Yellow level 2: Damaging Waves 12/07/2022 – 14/07/2022

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued an Impact Based Weather Warning for Western Cape and Namaqua for Damaging Waves  valid from Tuesday, 12 July 2022 (12:00) to Thursday, 14 July 2022 (00:00), as follows:

 Hazard Alert Level Affected Municipalities Valid From
(SAST)
Valid To
(SAST)
Damaging Waves Yellow(L2)
(High likelihood of Minor Impacts)
M_Bitou, M_Cape Agulhas, M_Cape Agulhas, M_City of Cape Town, M_George, M_Hessequa, M_Knysna, M_Mossel Bay, M_Overstrand, M_Saldanha Bay, M_Swartland, M_Table Bay 12/07/22 – 12h00 14/07/22 – 00h00

Discussion: High energy waves with periods of between 15 and 16 seconds will result in significant south-westerly waves of 4.5 to 5.5m between Saldanha Bay and Cape Agulhas tomorrow spreading to Plettenberg Bay from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday, these conditions may result in difficulty in navigation at sea.

Impact: Difficulty in navigation at sea for small vessels and personal water crafts (e.g. kayaks) is possible, small vessels at risk of taking on water and capsizing in locality as well as localised disruptions of small harbours and ports for a short period of time.

Instruction: Small vessels are advised to seek shelter in harbours, bays or inlets.

Legal notice:
“This warning from SA Weather Service must be communicated as received and may not be altered under any circumstance.
It must be forwarded or communicated in its entirety and no portion hereof may be replicated or copied and distributed.”

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

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22 June 2022 Impact Based Weather Warning for Disruptive Rain: 23/06/2022 – 24/06/2022

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued an Impact Based Weather Warning for Disruptive Rain valid from Thursday, 23 June 2022 (6:00) to Friday, 24 June 2022 (00:00), as follows:

Legal notice:
“This warning from SA Weather Service must be communicated as received and may not be altered under any circumstance.
It must be forwarded or communicated in its entirety and no portion hereof may be replicated or copied and distributed.”

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

9 June 2022 Media Release: Series of cold fronts headed for South Africa

Media Release: Series of cold fronts headed for South Africa

For Immediate Release
09 June 2022

South Africans have been enjoying clear skies for the past few days, however, that is about to change as a series of cold fronts are expected to make landfall over the western parts of the country early next week and move eastwards, affecting most of South Africa. These cold fronts are expected to result in strong winds, high waves, heavy rainfall, light snow and a significant drop in temperatures.

Forecasted maximum temperatures for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (14, 15 and 16 June 2022) next week.

The first cold front is expected to reach the Western Cape on Sunday evening. Ahead of this front, strong north-westerly winds between 50-60 km/h, gusting up to 70-80 km/h, are expected over the southern parts of the Northern Cape and interior of the Western and Eastern Cape from Sunday. These strong winds are likely to result in damage to formal and informal settlements as well as possible structural damage in these areas.

In addition, westerly to south-westerly waves, with significant wave heights of 4.0 to 4.5 m, are expected between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas on Monday morning, 13 June 2022, continuing into the afternoon. Together with these waves, strong north-westerly winds (50-60 km/h) are expected along this coast. These conditions may result in difficulty to navigate at sea.

By Monday evening, another cold front will reach the Western Cape. As these fronts make landfall, high rainfall amounts are expected mainly in the south-western parts of the Western Cape, especially from Monday through to Wednesday afternoon. This rainfall will spread eastwards on Tuesday towards the Eastern Cape. Rainfall accumulations are expected to reach 50-80 mm over the mountainous areas of the Cape Metropole, the western parts of Cape Winelands and the western parts of the Overberg districts between Monday and Wednesday. These high rainfall accumulations are likely to cause flooding of roads and formal/ informal settlements in these areas. Even though the Eastern Cape is expected to receive some rainfall, the rainfall amounts are not anticipated to have any significant effect on the dam levels for that province.

Temperatures are expected to drop significantly over the entire Western Cape and Namakwa district on Monday. This cooling will spread eastwards, reaching Limpopo, Mpumalanga as well as KwaZulu-Natal between Wednesday, 15 June 2022 and Thursday, 16 June 2022 (fig. 1).

With this cooling, freezing levels are expected to also drop significantly, resulting in light snowfall over the southern high ground of Namakwa, as well as the high-lying areas in the western interior of the Eastern Cape on Tuesday, spreading to the north-eastern high ground of the Eastern Cape on Wednesday.

The South African Weather Service will continue to monitor any further developments relating to these cold fronts and will issue updates and warnings as required. Furthermore, the public are urged to regularly follow weather forecasts on television and radio. Weather information will be available at www.weathersa.co.za as well as via the SA Weather Service Twitter account @SAWeatherServic

Compiled by Surprise Mhlongo and Elizabeth Viljoen

For technical and weather enquiries:
National Forecasting Centre:  Tel: 012 367 6041

Media enquiries:
Ms Hannelee Doubell: Acting Senior Manager, Communications;
Tel: (012) 367 6104 / Cell: 072 222 6305;
E-mail: hannelee.doubell@weathersa.co.za

ENDS

17 May 2022 Impact Based Weather Warnings for Western Cape and Namaqua: 17/05/2022 – 19/05/2022

Impact Based Weather Warnings for Western Cape and Namaqua: Veld Fire Conditions

Please find included the Impact Based Warning for the Western Cape and Namaqua Region of the Northern Cape

Hazard Affected Municipalities Valid From (SAST) Valid To (SAST)
Veld Fire Conditions Beaufort West, Bergrivier, Cederberg, George, Hantam, Hessequa, Kamiesberg, Kannaland, Karoo Hoogland, Khâi-Ma, Laingsburg, Langeberg, Matzikama, Oudtshoorn, Prince Albert, Swellendam 17/05/22 – 10h00 18/05/22 – 20h00

Discussion: The warm to hot temperatures, dry conditions and strong winds could result in the development of runaway and veld/bush fires.

Impact: Conditions are such that the FDI index is above 75. Under these conditions, fires may develop and spread rapidly resulting in damage to property and possible loss of human and/or animal life.

 Instruction: Fireteams, labour and equipment are to be placed on stand-by.  A first sign of smoke, every possible measure should be taken in order to bring the fire under control in the shortest possible time.

 

Impact Based Weather Warnings for Western Cape and Namaqua: Yellow level 2: Disruptive Rain

 Hazard Alert Level Affected Municipalities Valid From (SAST) Valid To (SAST)
 Disruptive Rain Yellow(L2)
(High likelihood of Minor Impacts)
Bitou, George, Knysna 19/05/22 – 00h00 19/05/22 – 23h59

Discussion: Rain associated with a cold front will spread to the coastal areas of the Garden Route on Thursday. Rainfall accumulations are expected to reach 30-40mm in George, Knysna and Bitou municipalities from Thursday late morning into the evening. Due to the expected rainfall figures, there is a high likelihood of minor disruptions in these municipalities.

Impact: Localised flooding of susceptible formal/informal settlements and roads may occur. Major roads may be affected but can still be used with increased travel times. There could be localised motor vehicle accidents due to wet slippery roads and/or reduced visibility. Difficult driving conditions on dirt roads can also be expected.

Instruction: In buildings, move valuables to a safe place above the expected flood level. Switch off electricity at the supply point to the building. Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to recognize flood dangers when driving. Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from disaster management officers.

 

Please plan accordingly and report any incidents to the Garden Route District Municipality Disaster Management Centre at 044 805 5071.

Legal notice:
“This warning from SA Weather Service must be communicated as received and may not be altered under any circumstance.
It must be forwarded or communicated in its entirety and no portion hereof may be replicated or copied and distributed.”

SOUTH AFRICAN WEATHER SERVICE
Cape Town Weather Office
2nd Floor: Oval Office Park
Cape Town Int airport
Freight Road
Matroosfontein
Cape Town

E-Mail: factfc@weathersa.co.za
Tel: 021 935 5700

06 May 2022 Impact Based Weather Warnings for Western Cape and Namaqua (Yellow level 2: Disruptive Rain)

Impact Based Weather Warnings for Western Cape and Namaqua (Yellow level 2: Disruptive Rain)

06 May 2022

Please find included the Impact Based Warning for the Western Cape and Namaqua Region of Northern Cape.

Please plan accordingly and report any incidents to the Garden Route District Municipality Disaster Management Centre at 044 805 5071

Hazard Alert Level Affected Municipalities Valid From (SAST) Valid To (SAST)
 Disruptive Rain Yellow (L2)
(High likelihood of Minor Impacts)
Bitou, George, Knysna, Mossel Bay Saturday, 07/05/22 03h00 Saturday, 07/05/22 14h00
Discussion: Rain and showers associated with a high-pressure system moving in behind a cold front will spread to the coastal areas of the Garden Route tomorrow (Saturday). Accumulations of 30-45mm can be expected east of Mossel Bay during the morning continuing until early afternoon. Due to the expected rainfall figures, there is a high likelihood of minor disruptions, affecting the above-mentioned areas.
Impact: Localised flooding of susceptible formal/informal settlements and roads may occur. Localised motor vehicle accidents are likely on wet slippery roads. Difficult driving conditions on dirt roads can also be expected.
Instruction: In buildings, move valuables to a safe place above the expected flood level. Switch off electricity at the supply point to the building. Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to recognize flood dangers when driving. Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from disaster management officers.

SOUTH AFRICAN WEATHER SERVICE
Cape Town Weather Office
2nd Floor: Oval Office Park
Cape Town Int airport
Freight Road
Matroosfontein
Cape Town

E-Mail: factfc@weathersa.co.za
Tel: 021 935 5700

Severe Weather Alert

5 May 2022 Impact Based Warning: Veld Fire Conditions

Please find included the Impact Based Warning for the Western Cape and Namaqua Region of Northern Cape.

Legal notice:
“This warning from SA Weather Service must be communicated as received and may not be altered under any circumstance. It must be forwarded or communicated in its entirety and no portion hereof may be replicated or copied and distributed.”

Hazard Affected Municipalities Valid From (SAST) Valid To (SAST)
Veld Fire Conditions Beaufort West, Hantam, Kannaland, Laingsburg 05/05/2022 at 08h00 06/05/2022 at 20h00
 Discussion: The warm temperatures, dry conditions and strong winds could result in the development of runaway and veld/bush fires.
Impact: Conditions are such that the FDI index is above 75. Under these conditions, fires may develop and spread rapidly resulting in damage to property and possible loss of human and/or animal life.
Instruction: Fireteams, labour and equipment are to be placed on stand-by. At the first sign of smoke, every possible measure should be taken in order to bring the fire under control in the shortest possible time.

SOUTH AFRICAN WEATHER SERVICE
Cape Town Weather Office
2nd Floor: Oval Office Park
Cape Town Int airport
Freight Road
Matroosfontein
Cape Town

08 February 2022 Impact Based Warning: Veld Fire Conditions

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued an Impact Based Warning for the Western Cape and Namaqua Region of Northern Cape as follows:

Hazard: Veld Fire Conditions
Alert Level: FDI above 75
Affected Municipalities: Beaufort West, Cederberg, Hantam, Kamiesberg, Kannaland, Karoo Hoogland, Laingsburg, Langeberg, Oudtshoorn, Prince Albert, Witzenberg
Valid From (SAST): 08/02/22 – 11h00
Valid To (SAST): 09/02/22 – 18h00

Discussion: The warm temperatures, dry conditions and strong winds could result in the development of runaway and veld/bush fires.

Impact: Conditions are such that the FDI index is above 75. Under these conditions fires may develop and spread rapidly resulting in damage to property and possible loss of human and/or animal life.

Instruction:Fire teams, labour and equipment are to be placed on stand-by. A first sign of smoke, every possible measure should be taken in order to bring the fire under control in the shortest possible time.
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Legal notice:
“This warning from SA Weather Service must be communicated as received and may not be altered under any circumstance.
It must be forwarded or communicated in its entirety and no portion hereof may be replicated or copied and distributed.”

07 February 2022 Impact Based Warning: Veld Fire Conditions

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued an Impact Based Warning for the Western Cape and Namaqua Region of Northern Cape as follows:

Hazard: Veld Fire Conditions
Alert Level: FDI above 75
Affected Municipalities: Beaufort West, Cederberg, Hantam, Kannaland, Karoo Hoogland, Laingsburg, Oudtshoorn, Prince Albert, Witzenberg
Valid From (SAST): 07/02/22 – 01h00
Valid To (SAST): 08/02/22 – 19h00

Discussion: The warm temperatures, dry conditions and strong winds could result in the development of runaway and veld/bush fires.

Impact: Conditions are such that the FDI index is above 75. Under these conditions fires may develop and spread rapidly resulting in damage to property and possible loss of human and/or animal life.

Instruction: Fire teams, labour and equipment are to be placed on stand-by. A first sign of smoke, every possible measure should be taken in order to bring the fire under control in the shortest possible time.

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Legal notice:
“This warning from SA Weather Service must be communicated as received and may not be altered under any circumstance.
It must be forwarded or communicated in its entirety and no portion hereof may be replicated or copied and distributed.”