Severe weather warning 16 & 17 September

A well developed cold front is currently situated well to the west of the country, and is expected to make landfall over the Cape tomorrow morning (Friday, 16 September).

Pre-frontal rainfall is likely during this evening (Thursday) along the west coast and adjacent interior, with rain spreading over the Western Province as well as the western parts of the Northern Cape with the eastward track of the front. Heavy downpours of rains are possible from late morning (Friday) into the afternoon for the southwestern Cape, spreading to the south coast late afternoon into overnight Saturday. Rain starts abating from the west from tomorrow evening but still intermittent for the interior and south coast of the Western Cape until Saturday evening. Strong and gusting winds are also expected along the entire coastline starting with a north-westerly wind along the west coast in the morning  (Friday) then becoming southerly to southwesterly along the southwest and south coast with the ridging high from the afternoon. Strong winds are also expected over the interior of the Northern Cape, as well as the northern interior of the Western Cape where winds may gust up to gale force winds.

Very cold conditions are also expected over the Western and Northern Cape on (Friday) where maximum temperatures will reach low teens and below 10°C in places. Light dusting of snow is also possible over the high ground of the Western Cape and southern high ground of the Northern Cape during tomorrow (Friday) afternoon and into the evening.

Very rough seas conditions are also expected along the west and south-west coast on Friday subsiding on Saturday morning.

Day Natural Colours RGB satellite image showing current position of the cold front west of the country on 15th September 2016 at 10h37 SAST. Copyright Eumetsat 2016.
Day Natural Colours RGB satellite image showing current position of the cold front west of the country on 15th September 2016 at 10h37 SAST. Copyright Eumetsat 2016.
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