Rain, floods set to hit the Cape

Dam lev­els down af­ter high winds and hot weather

Cape Argus - - NEWS - Marvin Charles marvin.charles@inl.co.za

THE South African Weather Ser­vice (SAWS) has is­sued a warn­ing of se­vere weather con­di­tions set to hit the Mother City in the com­ing days. Heavy rain and flood­ing are ex­pected over the Eden District and east­ern parts of the Over­berg which will con­tinue un­til later to­day.

Ac­cord­ing to SAWS, a steep up­per trough was sit­u­ated west of the coun­try yes­ter­day. This trough was ex­pected to move over the western parts of the coun­try from yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. Rain and show­ers were also ex­pected to move in over the South­ern Cape yes­ter­day morn­ing which spread north­wards and east­wards into the Western Cape in­te­rior to­wards the af­ter­noon.

Rain­fall amounts rang­ing be­tween 10 and 20mm were ex­pected across most of the Western Cape yes­ter­day with 30-40mm in places over the South­ern Cape.

Heavy rain is likely, mainly over the coastal ar­eas, as well as the moun­tain­ous re­gions of the Eden District. Heav­ier down­pours of rain are ex­pected over Eden District un­til this morn­ing. Rain­fall was ex­pected to per­sist into to­day, with rain­fall amounts of 5-10mm across most of the prov­ince but clear­ing from the west.

A fur­ther 20-30mm can be ex­pected in places over the Eden District. Rain will per­sist for the east­ern parts of the prov­ince for to­mor­row morn­ing, clear­ing from the af­ter­noon.

The City of Cape Town said its dam lev­els had de­clined by 1% over the past week be­cause of high winds and hot weather con­di­tions which cause evap­o­ra­tion.

“We have man­aged to halve Cape Town’s wa­ter us­age with the help of 51% of our users, who have put tremen­dous ef­fort into sav­ing wa­ter. We will only get through this cri­sis to­gether. To make this part­ner­ship work even more ef­fec­tively, I ap­peal to all wa­ter users, es­pe­cially the 49% who are not sav­ing wa­ter yet, to join us all as we es­ca­late ef­forts to beat this drought. Your help is vi­tal and we need you to come on board with Team Cape Town,” said mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille. –



NEED­ING A FILL: As part of the City of Cape Town’s Wa­ter Re­silience Plan to bring al­ter­na­tive sup­ply sources on­line, the City has com­mis­sioned the in­fra­struc­ture that sup­plies wa­ter from springs to the Molteno reser­voir in Oran­jezicht to in­crease drink­ing wa­ter sup­plies.

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