Western Cape

The Western Cape can expect to see heavy rainfall today. Image: The South African

Western Cape: Weather warning for HEAVY rain TODAY

The SAWS has issued a yellow level 3 weather warning for HEAVY rain in the Western Cape TODAY with the potential for up to 80 mm of rain

Western Cape

The Western Cape can expect to see heavy rainfall today. Image: The South African

The Western Cape can expect to experience heavy rains today, 25 May, according to the latest weather forecast by the SA Weather Service (SAWS).

A yellow level 3 weather warning has been issued for the province.

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An intense upper air system is expected to bring a cold front, resulting in heavy rain and showers over the south-western parts of the Western Cape.

The rainfall will persist through today with the majority of the rainfall expected on Thursday morning. In the mountainous areas, rainfall accumulations may reach 40-60 mm, with the potential for up to 80 mm.


  • Heavy downpours may lead to the flooding of roads, low-lying bridges, formal and informal settlements.
  • Essential services, such as electricity and water, may experience disruptions.
  • The flow of traffic may be significantly disrupted due to major roads being flooded and subsequently closed.
  • In susceptible areas, there is a possibility of mudslides and rockfalls occurring.

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As temperatures drop, it’s important to remember that our pets also feel the cold. Just like us, pets can be at risk of frostbite, hypothermia, and other winter-related hazards. Here are some tips to help keep your furry friend safe and warm during the colder months.

  1. Keep them indoors If it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet. Keep them inside where they can stay cozy and safe. Don’t leave pets in the car alone, as it can act like a refrigerator and hold in the cold air, which can result in your pet freezing and could lead to serious health concerns, including death.
  2. Protect their paws After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach. Your pet may step in ice, salt, and chemicals, which can be very painful. Massage petroleum jelly into your pet’s paw pads before going outside to help protect from salt and chemical agents. Booties can also be effective in covering and protecting paws when out on walks.

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  1. Keep them warm Never shave your dog down to their skin during winter. Longer coats provide more warmth.
  2. Hydrate and feed them well Feed your pet a little extra in the winter months as they work harder to stay warm and burn extra energy. Ensure they are also drinking plenty of water to keep them and their skin hydrated.
  3. Provide a warm sleeping area Ensure your furry companion has a warm place to sleep that’s off the floor and away from drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.