Batten down the hatches: heavy rains, snow, bitter winds, rough seas this weekend

 (Updated 3.11 pm)

Several weather warnings have come in the last couple of days forecasting extremely bad weather this weekend.  Here are some of the serious warnings the St  Francis Chronicle has collated. 

The NSRI says the Cape Town Weather Office has issued an advisory warning of rough seas and gale force winds expected to last into the weekend.

The NSRI reports on SAWS Cape Town’s latest weather update ( at 2 pm):

“A well developed cold front will reach the country during Saturday afternoon with another on Sunday and Monday: Heavy falls of rain are expected in places in the Cape Metrople West Coast, Cape Winelands and Overberg districs Sunday and Monday. Strong to gale force winds are expected in places over the Western Cape interior on Sunday.

Gale to strong gale force winds between Cape Columbine and Plettenberg bay on Sunday. Very rough seas, wave heights 4m to 6m are expected from Alexander Bay to Plettenberg Bay from Sunday into Tuesday. 

High seas with wave heights, 6m to 9m are expected between Cape Columbine and Plettenberg Bay during Monday. Very cold conditions are expected over western highground of the Western Cape Province and southern highground of the Northern Cape Province Sunday through to Tuesday.

Snowfalls are expected on the western high ground of the Western Cape Province and Southern highground of the Northern Cape Province Sunday overnight and Monday.

Earlier today the Climate Systems Analysis Group, Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences of The University of Cape Town forecast extremely heavy rainfall on Saturday as cold fronts sweep over the Western Cape.

The heavy rainfalls could extend over the Western and Eastern coastlines. 

According to Snow Report SA this will be the first real winter storm to hit the Cape this season. “And by the looks of it, it is going to be rather unpleasant! There should be significant falls of snow, and along with this, some very heavy rain on the lower ground, and the predictions are that the Cape winds are going to live up to their reputation.

“If you are in a snow area, or plan on traveling to a snow area, please take precautions, and make sure that you are well prepared.” 

Sawdos predicts the Western Cape is going to be very cold, with a fair amount of snow falling. There is a front approaching the Western Cape that is going to hit with a fairly high degree of certainty. The front is due to hit in the early hours on Saturday 1 June and should continue through to Sunday evening. 

Snow falls are currently predicted to affect the high lying areas of the Western and Eastern Cape for the duration of the front, and could be heavy in places. Heavy rain can also be expected. Tiffendell in the Eastern Cape has already reported some snow and dustings have been reported in the Drakensberg and other mountains of the Eastern and Western Cape. 

Another warning from the SA weather service says heavy rain leading to possible flash flooding in places is expected over the south-western parts of the country. These include the Cape Peninsula (Cape Metropole), Cape Winelands and Overberg districts of the Western Cape on Saturday, persisting on Sunday.

People need to watch out for flooding and are requested to be alert when crossing rivers. 

NSRI National H/O urges boaters, fishermen, paddlers, surfers and anglers to heed weather warnings and to always check weather  sites before going out. They should be well prepared for the stormy weather over the coming days.


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