If you were hoping to spend your days lounging in the sun this festive season, you might have to reconsider your plans as normal to above normal rainfall is expected to descend on the Western Cape and the rest of the country.
According to IOL, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) predicted “normal to above normal rainfall” in South Africa.
In a Seasonal Climate Watch report issued in September 2021, the weather service said that this is likely to take place throughout the early-summer (October November December) and mid-summer (December January February) seasons.
South Africa is still experiencing a “La Nina” weather season, which means that higher rainfall can bring widespread flooding and cyclones, even though it is expected to help water reservoirs recharge.
Beachgoers might have to make alternative plans, especially on “Boxing Day” – December 26 and New Year’s day in Cape Town.
While widespread thunderstorms are expected along the southern coast of the Western Cape, and isolated showers predicted for the central parts of the Western Cape, the majority of the rain in the province is expected to clear between Wednesday and Thursday this week.