Very wet weekend: Beware flooding, forecasters warn

2013-01-18 00:00

IT’S going to be a very wet weekend.

Forecasters warn that there is a good chance of flooding this weekend as a tropical weather system moves southwards through southern Africa.

Fans attending the opening Afcon match in Johannesburg are warned that heavy rain will make traffic slow and the stands extremely wet.

Wisani Maluleke, a forecaster at the Weather SA Durban office, said the heavy falls would move in over KwaZulu-Natal tomorrow evening.

He warned that severe thunderstorms were predicted for earlier in the day, with a risk of heavy falls, strong winds and hail.

Temperatures are not expected to drop significantly as the system originates in tropical areas.

Maluleke said flooding was a possibility as the ground was still wet from last week’s rains.

Rivers are still flowing strongly and with additional rain, people in low-

lying areas or near rivers should be cautious.

Maluleke warned people not to cross rivers in cars or on foot as the currents were strong and would strengthen with more rain.

The system is expected to continue through Sunday, clearing on Monday, but hot on its heels is another wet weather system.

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