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Cape Town rainfall: Here’s how much rain the region received on Thursday

Thursday’s Cape Town rainfall came down like the hammer of Thor in the evening, but how big was this deluge?

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At around 17:30 on Thursday, residents in the Mother City were left considering if they should build an ark. The Cape Town rainfall came down thick and fast, catching commuters off guard.

We had previously reported that precipitation was on its way to the Cape, but forecasters weren’t ready for the intense, sharp bursts of rain that hammered the municipality.

Cape Town rainfall hits the spot

It wasn’t just workers leaving the city who felt the effects of the downpour. The cold front made its way inland to more rural areas, dousing regions which are home to some of Cape Town’s dams.

This was a most welcome, if not a miserable afternoon of wet weather. But how much rain actually fell, and who received a bumper amount of it? That’s what we’re here to find out.

How much rain fell in Cape Town on Thursday 16 August?

According to AfricaWeather, almost 15mm hit the city bowl. That figure was replicated to the north-east in Paarl, and further down the road in Strand.

Within the metropole, Grabouw was one of the big winners. The region – which is just around the corner from both Steenbras dams – comfortably broke through the 20mm mark.

Western Cape rainfall for August 2018

Data shared by the South African Weather Service (Saws) paints a more comprehensive picture. A large section of the Western Cape managed to chalk up a few millimetres to their name.

Jonkershoek (28mm) and Kirstenbosch (33mm) are traditionally the wettest locations in the province. They were able to top up their monthly quotas thanks to Thursday’s flash rains:


There is a small smattering of rain forecast for the Cape on Sunday, but it doesn’t seem like there will be too much to write home about. Nonetheless, with every drop being crucial in the bid to permanently stave off day zero, any amount of rainfall is welcome in the province.