The South African Weather Service says a cold front is approaching Cape Town, and more rain is expected from Monday. The rain will make landfall mid-morning and continue into the early hours on Tuesday morning.

Temperatures are expected to plummet to a low of 11°C and a high of 16°C on Monday, further dropping to a minimum of 9°C on Tuesday morning.

More rain has also been forecast for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Cape Town. The month of May has brought light relief to the city which has been plagued with the worst drought in 100 years.

Level 6B water restrictions are still in place, and residents are being urged to further bring down their usage. Last week, the first desalination plant began pumping water into the supply system. The Strandfontein desalination plant has since supplied over 1.5-million litres.

Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson warned residents not to ignore water restrictions because of the recent rainfalls, as the dams still have a really long way to go before they are adequately filled.

“Even if there are good rains this year, there may not be good rain the following year. So we have to, progressively over time, develop our water supply system to get diversity into that system, to get alternative supplies of groundwater, of desalination water, of water reuse,” he said.

African Weather Service has noted the amount of rain that fell last week in the Western Cape:

Langebaan 34mm
Paarl 33mm
Tsitsikamma 26mm
Cape Town CBD 20mm
Malmesbury 19mm
Porterville 16mm
Robertson 10mm
Plett. 11mm
PE & Patensie 7mm

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Nidha Narrandes

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