Western Cape weather

This year’s winter is expected to be the coldest. Image via Adobe Stock

Heavy rainfall, 55 km/h winds and 5m waves expected in Western Cape

The SA Weather Service has issued two separate warnings for the Western Cape. Heavy rain, thunder and strong winds are expected this weekend.

Western Cape weather

This year’s winter is expected to be the coldest. Image via Adobe Stock

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a yellow level 2 rain warning for the Western Cape province for Saturday, 23 April 2022.

The warning is in place from 00:00 until 23:59 on Saturday. This follows another warning that was issued earlier for strong winds and waves in the Western and Northern Capes.

TORRENTIAL RAIN EXPECTED IN WESTERN CAPE 

The weather service said a well-developed upper air system is expected to pass over the Western Cape on Saturday. 

The system will bring with it heavy rain and thundershowers throughout the day over the extreme north-eastern parts of the Beaufort West municipality. 

“Quick and heavier downpours are expected during the morning into the early hours of the afternoon, with rainfall accumulation of 15 to 30 mm is expected for the day.”

SAWS

Localised motor vehicle accidents are likely on wet slippery roads resulting from quick heavy downpours.

Localised flooding of local informal settlements is to be expected as well.

STRONG WINDS AND WAVES EXPECTED IN CAPE PROVINCES

SAWS said significant wave heights of 4 – 5m are expected to reach the south-western coastline on Friday night from Cape Point. These will spread north along the west coast on Saturday reaching Alexander Bay.

“The swells are predominantly south-westerly with a 16 second wave period, along with this, strong-easterly winds (46 – 55 km/h) are expected.

“This combination of the strong winds and significant wave heights may result in very rough and choppy seas.”

SAWS

EXTREME HEAT WARNING FOR TWO CAPE PROVINCES

This week, resources in and around the West Coast District Municipality were placed on high alert due to hot temperatures currently raging in the Northern Cape and Western Cape. 

SAWS warned of extremely hot temperatures in the Western Cape and Northern Cape. The heatwave the possibility of wildfires.

The weather service said clear skies and persistent offshore winds are expected to result in maximum temperatures rising in the two provinces. 

These could reach heat wave conditions in the western parts of the Namakwa District in the Northern Cape and the extreme north-western parts of the province.

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