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

25 August 2021 Impact Based Warning: Veld Fire Conditions

Impact Based Warning – Veld Fire Conditions

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued a Veld Fire Impact Based Warning for the Western Cape and Namaqua Region of the Northern Cape valid for 26 August 2021, as follows:

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

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“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.”

24 August 2021 Impact Based Weather Warnings: Damaging Waves & Disruptive Snow

Weather Warning: Impact Based Warnings – Damaging Waves & Disruptive Snow

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued Level 2 Impact Based Warnings for the Western Cape and Namaqua Region of the Northern Cape valid from 26 to 28 August 2021, as follows: 

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

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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.”

18 August 2021 Impact Based Weather Warning: Disruptive Rain

Weather Warning: Impact Based Warning – Disruptive Rain

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

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

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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.”

20 July 2021 Weather Alert: Impact Based Weather Warnings for Western Cape and Namaqua: Damaging Winds & Waves and Disruptive Rain & Snow

Weather Alert: Impact Based Weather Warnings for Western Cape and Namaqua: Damaging Winds & Waves and Disruptive Rain & Snow

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued Impact Based Warnings for Damaging Winds, Damaging Waves, Disruptive Rain and Disruptive Snow for the Western Cape and Namaqua Region of Northern Cape 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 District Disaster Manager Centre at 044-805 5071.

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14 March 2021 Weather Alert: Severe weather alert: Impact Based Weather Warnings for Western Cape and Namaqua (14-15 March 2021)

Weather Alert: Severe weather alert: Impact Based Weather Warnings for Western Cape and Namaqua (14-15 March 2021)

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 Alert Level Affected Municipalities Valid from (SAST) Valid to (SAST)
Disruptive rain Yellow (L2) Bitou, Cape Agulhas, George, Hessequa, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Overstrand and Swellendam 14/03/2021 22H00 15/03/2021 09H00

Discussion: Significant rain is expected to affect the coastal areas of the Overberg and Garden Route Districts tonight into tomorrow morning.The accumulated rainfall is likely to reach between 40 to 50mm over the period due to the strong southerly to south-easterly winds aided by an intense upper air system.

Impact: Localised flooding can be expected in susceptible formal and informal settlements and roads. Increased travel times and motor vehicle accidents due to pooling of water may occur along with difficult driving conditions on dirt roads.

Instruction: If possible stay indoors and off the roads, avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams where water is above your ankles. If trapped in a vehicle during a flood, abandon it and climb to higher ground. In buildings, move valuables to a safe place above the expected flood level. Take caution driving on a roads covered by water. Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from disaster management officers.

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“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.

31 January 2021 Weather Alert: Severe Weather Alert – Veld Fire Conditions

Weather Alert: Severe Weather Alert – Veld Fire Conditions – 31 January 2021

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 Alert Level Affected Municipalities Valid From (SAST) Valid To (SAST)
 Veld Fire Conditions Red (L10) Beaufort West, Kannaland, Khâi-Ma, Laingsburg 31/01/21 08h00 31/01/21 20h00
 Discussion: Weather conditions which includes hot temperatures, fresh to strong winds and low humidity might 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: All personnel and equipment should be removed from the field. Fire teams, labour and equipment are to be placed on full 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.

8 July 2020 Western Cape Severe Weather Alerts : Veld Fire Conditions/ High Seas/ Damaging Winds

The Cape Town Weather Office has issued the following severe weather alerts:

HAZARD: Veld Fire Conditions
Alert Level: Warning
Valid From (SAST): 08/07/20 – 09h00
Valid To (SAST): 09/07/20 – 18h00

Are expected over Beaufort West (W.Cape) today (08/07/2020), including eastern parts of Cape Winelands and Overberg as well as Central Karoo and Garden Route Districts (W.Cape) tomorrow (09/07/2020).

HAZARD: High Seas
Alert Level: Watch
Valid From (SAST): 09/07/20 – 12h00
Valid To (SAST): 11/07/20 – 00h00

With wave heights from 6m to 7m are expected between Lambert’s Bay and Cape Agulhas on Thursday afternoon into the evening (09/07/2020), but again between Cape Point and Alexander Bay Friday afternoon into Saturday morning (09-11/07/2020), spreading to Plettenberg Bay by the afternoon, subsiding by the evening.

HAZARD: Damaging Winds
Alert Level: Watch
Valid From (SAST): 09/07/20 – 00h00
Valid To (SAST): 12/07/20 – 00h00

1. Gale to strong gale force north-westerly winds (70-100km/h) are expected over Western Cape interior including the Cape Metropole on Thursday but (65-75km/h) over Central Karoo and northern parts of the West Coast Districts (W/Cape) on Friday (09-10/07/2020).

2. Gale to strong gale force north-westerly winds (70-100km/h) are expected along the coastal areas between Cape Columbine and Cape Agulhas on Thursday into Friday morning, but north-westerly to westerly (65-75km/h) between Cape Columbine and Alexander Bay from Thursday late afternoon and Friday (09-10/07/2020). It will become south-westerly winds (70-100km/h) along the coastal areas between Lambert’s Bay and Plettenberg Bay on Saturday (11/07/2020) morning, moderating by the afternoon.

Cape Town Weather Office Alert – Damaging Winds

A severe weather alerts issued by the Cape Town Weather Office today, 25 February 2020.

Hazard Alert Level Valid From (SAST) Valid To (SAST)
Damaging Winds Watch 27/02/20 00h00 29/02/20 00h00

1. Strong to gale force SE winds (55 to 65km/h) are expected between Cape Columbine and Cape Agulhas, as well as Cape Metropole Thursday (27/02/2020), spreading along the south coast to Mossel Bay on Friday (28/02/2020) until Saturday (29/02/2020).

2. Strong interior winds (55 to 65km/h) are expected over the Central Karoo (Western Cape) Thursday (27/02/2020) and Friday (28/02/2020).

 

 

Veldt Fire Conditions 24/02/20 08h00 – 25/02/20 18h00

Hazard Alert Level Valid From (SAST) Valid To (SAST)
Veld Fire Conditions expected over the West Coast District interior (Western Cape) today and tomorrow (24-25/02/2020),including the Central and Little Karoo, as well as Cape Winelands tomorrow(25/02/2020). Warning 24/02/20 08h00 25/02/20 18h00

 

Description: Dangerous veld/bush fire conditions

Whenever there are prolonged periods of little and no rain coupled with warm dry winds, veldt or bush fires can easily be sparked and will spread rapidly in strong winds.

Precautions: Dangerous veld/bush fire conditions

Don’t make fires in the open and/or leave fires unattended. Don’t throw cigarette butts out of cars or in the open veldt. Don’t throw bottles in the veldt as they can magnify the sun’s rays and start fires. Prepare and maintain fire breaks in controlled manner. In the case of a large fire report it immediately and move away from the area to let the professionals deal with it. Never throw water onto a fire started by an electrical fault or fires started by oil or paraffin lamps. In this case sand or a blanket should be used to smother the fire. Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from disaster management officers.

Description: Extremely High Temperatures

When temperature and the humidity is high at the same time or when the temperature exceeds a certain threshold, human’s ability to cool their bodies through sweating is reduced. This can be a real threat that leads to hyperthermia.

Precautions: Extremely High Temperatures

Stay indoors in a cool room near a fan if possible. The old and infirm must take extra care to stay hydrated and cool. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity, playing excessive sport and hard labour. Dress in light weight clothes and drink plenty of liquids NOT alcohol. Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from disaster management officers

Weather conditions for this week

A weak cold front will be passing Southwards today (Monday) resulting in morning rain and showers over the South-Eastern parts spreading along the South coast during the day while clearing from the South-West.

Otherwise partly cloudy to sunny  and warm to hot conditions expected for the week with possible isolated thundershowers over the Central Karoo on Tuesday into Wednesday afternoons and windy conditions expected during Monday into Wednesday afternoons over the South-Western parts . Along the South coast, cloudy mornings are expected with a slight chance of light rain on Tuesday and Thursday.

Coastal conditions

WIND: Light (10km/h) Southerly wind expected along the West coast on Monday into Wednesday mornings otherwise moderate to fresh (20 to 40km/h) South to South-Easterly wind expected for the week becoming strong (50 to 55km/h) between Table Bay and Cape Agulhas on Monday into Wednesday afternoons.

WAVES:  2.0 to 3.0m wave heights expected for the week with a southerly to south-westerly swell direction and periods of  10 to 12s but 6 to 8s along the South coast.

VISIBILITY: Good visibility expected for the week but very poor in fog along the west coast on Monday into Wednesday mornings and possibly moderate in light rain  along the south-west and south coast today (Monday) and Tuesday into Thursday mornings.