Wednesday, 19 January saw social media overflow with incredible images of enormous swells that gripped the Cape’s coast, but the South African Weather Service (SAWS) has indicated that this is not unusual.
Earlier this week, the SAWS issued a level 2 warning which cautioned Cape Town residents about damaging waves between January 18-20. The warning also noted that damaging waves were expected to hit the coast with potential localised damage to coastal infrastructure and beach activities.
According to IOL, 5-metre waves were reported, but this is not at all unusual for the Cape with things expected to die down come Friday.
The Mother City has been experiencing relatively cooler temperatures over the last few days, but this cool streak may come to an end as the weekend once again welcomes soaring temperatures that may go well into the 30s.
A heat warning will likely be issued as locals and tourists explore the Mother City this weekend.
“I think it will just be a warning for hot temperatures, not necessarily a heatwave because those [extremely high] temperatures have to stay for three days or more for us [SAWS] to issue out a warning [for a heat wave],” stated SAWS weather forecaster Kgoloselo Mahlangu.
Mahlangu has urged residents to be cautious, stay hydrated, wear a hat and slather on the sunblock.
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