Strong winds and heavy rainfall expected

SOUTH Africa Cape Town 22 June 2019 Heavy rain and flooding in Cape Town - what you need to know Due to an intense cold front, Western Cape residents should brace themselves for extreme weather conditions from with the welcome news that it could push Cape Town dam levels over the 50% mark. According to the South African Weather Service, strong westerly to north-westerly winds (40-60 km/h) can be expected from the morning onwards over the entire Western Cape ahead of the arrival of the cold front.Photographer Ayanda Ndamane African news agency(ANA)
The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is on high alert following a warning of strong winds and heavy rainfall over Cape Town and surrounds, setting in today until Wednesday July 24.

Two cold fronts are approaching the metropole, according to the South African Weather Service.

Up to 50mm of rain is predicted, but more rain is expected in high-lying areas like Hout Bay and Kirstenbosch.

The weather service has also warned of possible mudslides.

Disaster Risk Management Centre spokesperson, Charlotte Powell, said: “Wind speeds of between 65 and 75 kilometres are expected, particularly tomorrow.”

They have urged residents to ensure that there are no loose items laying around their properties that could cause any damage. 

Very rough seas are also expected.

“Members of the public are urged to stay away from areas like the Atlantic Seaboard and False Bay beachfront during this period,” said Ms Powell.

In case of an emergency, residents can contact the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre on 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.