The skies opened up on Wednesday, May 5, resulting in a downpour of rain over the Mother City in the evening.
On May 4, the South African Weather Service (SWS) released a warning stating that an “intense cold front” was expected with strong winds and extremely rough seas expected to hit, with small vessels being advised to seek shelter in harbours. While Capetonians had a chance to wear their rain boots and dust off their umbrellas, it wasn’t the storm many Capetonians were prepping themselves for, which has, unsurprisingly, resulted in a chorus of exasperated sighs.
However, the brunt of the storm was felt in the Southern Cape, with Struisbaai being hit the hardest. Several road closures in Struisbaai and various parts of the Southern Cape have been closed due to localised flooding.
Local Government, Environmental Affairs, and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell stated that homes in affected areas are currently being evacuated, with rescue crews being dispatched to various areas to assist.
Unfortunately, Cape Town residents shouldn’t toss their umbrellas back into the cupboard just yet. Despite sunny spots and periodic rainfall in parts of the City, the SAWS has issued an update warning residents that additional rainfall is expected to make landfall over the City of Cape Town and Cape Winelands districts periodically throughout Thursday.
According to the South African Weather Service, the City of Cape Town can expect rainfall of between 40-66mm, with 17/km winds expected.
Rain or no rain, make sure you grab your jacket and some fuzzy socks because there is definitely a chill in the air. Stay safe, and stay warm!
🌧️⛈️A cut off low will result in heavy rainfall, strong winds and rough sea conditions over parts of the Western Cape from Wednesday (05 May) (especially in the evening) into Thursday. pic.twitter.com/tcI1ZRqoKc
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) May 4, 2021
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