Weather Update: Flood warnings subside, but rain continues

2017-02-22 16:55 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town – The rainy weather in the northern and north-eastern parts of SA is set to continue, with widespread showers expected across northern and north-eastern SA. 

Flood warnings subside 

While no flooding alerts have been issued for Friday, 24 February, the South African Weather Services still cautions heavy rain to be expected in places over the south-western Bushveld and southern parts of Limpopo, western parts of Mpumalanga, extreme northern parts of the Free State, Gauteng and the eastern parts of North West province on Thursday night, 23 February. 

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SA's Department of Public Safety’s Disaster Management Centre has been on alert since last week Friday when the tropical cyclone Dineo hit SA, and is monitoring the situation as the wet weather which is expected to continue until the end of the week. 

According to the SA Weather Service, the saturated soil may increase chances of flooding, although the rain is forecast to subside on Friday. 

Dam levels in SA's northern and north-eastern regions have increased rapidly due to the rains. 

According to the Department of Water and Sanitation, the Vaal Dam is recorded to be 81.64% full on Thursday, reaching a two-year high. Gauteng Weather confirmed the rapid rise, saying that the increase points to a massive 10,02% point rise in 24 hours alone. Projections indicated that the Vaal might still cross over the 85% boundary by Friday.

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For Friday, again, a 60% chance of rain can be expected across Limpopo, the northern parts of the North West province, Gauteng, Mpumalanga the western parts of KZN, the central and eastern parts of the Free State as well as the north-eastern parts of the Eastern Cape.

A 30% chance of rain can be expected over the rest of SA, except in the Western Cape.

Western Cape drought continues 

Despite good rains across most of the country during the past week, no rain has been forecast for the Western Cape, Northern Cape and western parts of the Eastern Cape on Friday.

This as the City of Cape Town issued a plea to residents in the Western Cape to cut down on water consumption as dam levels have dropped to 34,5%, a further 1,7% down from a week ago. And, with the last 10% of a dam’s water unable to be utilized, dam levels are now effectively at 24,5%. 

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At the current draw-down rate, the City warns, "we could be looking at approximately 129 days of useable water left," they say. 

Want to know how much water you should be saving?

See this map that allows you to check the status of your province and your local dams. This data is provided by the Department of Water and Sanitation.  

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