Mon. Feb 24th, 2020

Cape Town braces for more rain as cold front approaches

Don’t let a little bit of sunshine fool you, the Cape Town winter isn’t over yet as more rain is on the way this week.

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The City of Cape Town could be lashed by more rain on Sunday and Monday as a cold front moves through the Western Cape.

Forecasters have predicted more rain on Sunday afternoon with wind speeds set to pick up as the low-pressure system closes in on the Mother City.

Is Cape Town ready for more rain?

On Friday heavy rain in the city caused flooding in some areas as well as power outages.

The flooding was a result of blocked stormwater drains which the City’s Disaster Risk Management had worked to clear. Informal settlements in Khayelitsha, Mfuleni and Lwandle were also effected by widespread flooding. Much of the flooding was cleared by Saturday but the disruptions caused by the flooding were extreme and saw criticism levelled at the city’s management.

The predicted rainfall on Sunday is not expected to be as severe as the torrential downpour that wrought havoc in the City on Friday.

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Cape Town weather forecast for Sunday 27 October, 14:00 – Photo: Ventusky

Capetonians excited by the prospect of warmer summer weather are set to be disappointed though, with a week of chilly temperatures ahead.

Summer on hold

Senior forecaster at the Cape Town Weather Office, Henning Grobler has warned of cold temperatures prevailing until Tuesday as well as more rain.

“Rainy conditions are expected from Friday until Tuesday due to a few cold fronts that is going to set in over the Western Cape. The first cold front and most intense cold front is expected to make landfall early Friday morning with a short spell of intense rain early morning. The western mountainous and high lying areas will receive the most rainfall (30-40mm) and the low lying areas around 15-25mm,” Grobler said.

“Showers can still be expected throughout Friday into Saturday morning over the western part of the Western Cape. Maximum temperatures will be between 16-19 degrees from Friday until Sunday.

“There will be a break in the rainy conditions from Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning. Prefrontal rain is expected to set in over the Western Cape on Sunday morning following by a cold front Sunday afternoon,” Grobler added.

“Rainy and windy conditions can be expected over the Cape Metropole on Sunday with showers from the Sunday evening persisting into Tuesday morning with the ridging high pressure behind the cold front. With cold air in circulation maximum temperatures may drop to 15-18 degrees by Monday and Tuesday and will start to recover by Wednesday.”

Cape Town enjoyed a warm and clear Saturday but winter is set to make a return this week so don’t pack away your jerseys and jackets just yet.

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