Time to cosy up – it’s go­ing to be cold, wet and windy

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - NOLOY­ISO MTEMBU

COLD and windy con­di­tions are ex­pected in the West­ern Cape as another cold front makes land­fall to­day – a sign of win­ter tight­en­ing its grip over the prov­ince.

Al­though noth­ing quite as dra­matic as Wed­nes­day’s storm, which up­rooted trees and dam­aged homes lead­ing to loss of life, this week­end’s cold front will bring much-needed show­ers in parts.

How­ever, gale force winds are ex­pected for the Gar­den Route, which could fan rag­ing fires in the South­ern Cape town of Knysna.

The Cape Town weather of­fice re­ported yes­ter­day that a cold front was ap­proach­ing from the west, and was ex­pected to make land­fall late this morn­ing lead­ing to show­ers and thun­der­show­ers for the east­ern parts of the prov­ince.

Fore­caster Thabisile Ntleko said good rain­fall was ex­pected in places over the west of be­tween 10-25mm, while moun­tain­ous ar­eas could re­ceive 30-40mm. She warned of flood­ing. “We ex­pect pos­si­ble lo­calised flood­ing for the Cape Metro and west­ern ar­eas of the Over­berg.

“Ex­pect a cold and rainy week­end, strong winds at times but not as strong as Wed­nes­day. Dress warmly, drive safely on the roads and be­ware of pool­ing,” Ntleko said.

She said the weather of­fice has is­sued a warn­ing of ex­tremely high fire dan­ger con­di­tions ex­pected over the Ka­roo and the Eden District.

“Gale force northerly to north- west­erly winds of 62-70km/h are ex­pected over the south­ern in­te­rior of the North­ern Cape as well as the Ka­roo ar­eas and the Eden District from Satur­day af­ter­noon, sub­sid­ing in the evening,” she said.

Mean­while, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for Safety and Se­cu­rity in the City of Cape Town, Richard Bos­man, said all city ser­vices and ap­pli­ca­ble ex­ter­nal agen­cies would be on standby to deal with the con­se­quences of any un­favourable weather this week­end.

Res­i­dents in in­for­mal set­tle­ments should raise the floor level of their dwelling to higher than the land out­side, he ad­vised.

PIC­TURE: PHANDO JIKELO

Siqalo in­for­mal set­tle­ment near Mitchells Plain was flooded this week.

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