The South African Weather Service has advised of strong to gale force winds for the Mother City today, and for the rest of the weekend up until Monday.
Coastal areas are expected to be the most affected. The City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre asked the public throughout the city to exercise extreme caution.
Locals are advised to be on the lookout for falling debris like branches and roof sheeting, and to steer clear of making fires during this time as fast moving winds increase the chance of fires.
Those who own property are advised to ensure items and materials around their homes are secure and in a safe place where they cannot get caught up in wind gusts.
Temperatures are expected to be cooler this weekend after a blistering hot week. Cape Town will reach a high of 22°C on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday temperatures will climb to 24° C and continue to increase for the rest of the week.
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway closed on Friday because of the wind. Visitors might have to wait for the next five days until the winds die down to make it up the mountain.
Anyone in need of assistance can contact the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre on 021 480 7700.
I never really considered my weight until I walked outside from work in Cape Town. I WAS 👏 BLOWN👏 INTO 👏A 👏POLE👏. THE WIND BLEW ME INTO A WHOLE METAL POLE AT SEA POINT. Your thoughts and prayers are welcome pic.twitter.com/CGEaMiqUBA
— Marecia Damons (@mareciadamons) January 17, 2020
I don’t know why this Cape Town wind is fighting us so hard 😩 https://t.co/Skp3ZxklW2
— Manoko Tlhako (@ManokoTlhako) January 17, 2020
The wind is so strong in Cape Town even @coolideas_ZA internet has been blown away….but then again their internet is so unstable the wind most probably merely blew it to Robin Island pic.twitter.com/brOxjXuBtC
— The Real Puff Daddy (@PuffDad42136460) January 17, 2020
— INDIGO ☔️ (@thatcooltwin) January 17, 2020