Cold takes hold in Cape Town

2011-06-17 10:28

Cape Town – There is no doubt that winter has arrived in Cape Town.

Residents experienced rain showers, icy-cold winds and even thunder storms since Tuesday evening. Lightning struck on Wednesday night as well.

Two brothers from Vredekloofhoogte in Brackenfell miraculously survived after lightning hit their home on Wednesday at about 20:45. The impact was so big that some of the power cables burst through the walls of the house and part of their garage burnt down.

In Avian Park, a Worcester neighbourhood, about 60 families had to evacuate their homes after they were flooded. According to Keri Davids, spokesperson for metro emergency services, they brought about 90 adults, 78 children under 12 and 12 babies to the Worcester civic centre. The elderly adults were taken to nearby old-age homes.

Disaster management on Thursday was also busy assisting residents of Nomzamo informal settlement in the Strand, Site C in Khayelitsha, Hout Bay and Parkwood after the inclement weather.

Cape Town spokesperson for water and sanitation, Farouk Robertson, said the general dam levels in Cape Town were close to 60% full. He emphasised that the most important message was that

Capetonians still needed to save water. “We would like to preserve a culture of saving water.”

The weather office on its website warned of stormy sea conditions, gale force winds and heavy rain showers for Thursday and Friday.

The cold weather was set to continue at the weekend. In Cape Town, temperatures would rise to a maximum of 17°C on Friday and on Saturday it would be 19°C.

Maximum temperatures of 11°C and a minimum of 0°C were forecast for Sutherland, temperatures in Beaufort West would rise only to 13°C with a minimum temperature of 5°C. No rain was forecast for Friday but on Saturday there was a 30% chance of rain in Cape Town.

In George there was a 30% chance of rain on Friday. On Saturday it would be sunny in the course of the day and would become cloudy during the night.

Head of Eden disaster management, Gerhard Otto, said two mountain passes in the Southern Cape, the Garcia Pass between Riversdal and Ladismith and the Robinson Pass between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn were still closed.

All the dams in the region were also overfull, except for two irrigation dams, the Stomdrif Dam in the Little Karoo and the Kamnasie Dam in the Oudtshoorn area. According to Otto, the situation was normal again after flooding last week.

It would appear as if the rainy season also brought relief to the Boland in the dry Hermanus region. According to Overstrand municipality spokesperson Fanie Krige, the De Bos Dam, which supplied Hermanus, was about 18% full before recent rains and water levels were dropping more slowly.

“It looks like we’ve reached the turning point,” he said. “If the rain keeps up, it will begin rising.”

Krige said no weather related problems were announced by 14:00 on Thursday.

Provincial traffic spokesperson Harold Williams said no roads were closed in Cape Town on Thursday. weather forecaster Luis Fernandes said cold fronts during winter were accompanied by heavy rain.

When thunder storms developed from cold fronts, the chance of heavy rain was even bigger.

  • iareknersis - 2011-06-17 11:02

    The winter temps in SA are warmer than our summer temps here in Ireland..... how I miss SA

      Ian - 2011-06-17 11:05

      not what i heard, mate in dublin says its warm , its 11am here in jhb and temp is still 4 degrees celcius

      Wow! - 2011-06-17 11:33

      Here on the highveld - winter nights and morning are COLD but hell the days are made in heaven.

      tdk25 - 2011-06-17 12:53

      Well its about 14 degrees in Dublin and 11 in Cape Town.

      Barry - 2011-06-17 13:39

      Chicken run

      alicia - 2011-06-17 14:37

      I love Cape Town with all that Cape Town is, the beauty of it, the people, the rain, the snow, the oceans, and when they get angry, and then, the summer when it never rains, and onew can plan picnics weemks ahead. Never want to leave.

  • Mart - 2011-06-17 11:12

    Cape Town is chilly....but still awesome!

      sardonicus - 2011-06-17 11:20

      Its awesome except when its winter...

  • June - 2011-06-17 11:13

    Its winter, its Cape Town and that means rain and storms - lets just try to live with it!

  • Antoinette - 2011-06-17 11:33

    " weather forecaster Luis Fernandes said cold fronts during winter were accompanied by heavy rain". Really? They needed a forecaster to tell them that? :)

      DeonL - 2011-06-17 12:10

      We had some "dry" winters some time ago with even water restrictions, so it does not always rain with cold fronts.

      tdk25 - 2011-06-17 12:57

      Antoinette you don't always get rain with cold fronts. During the winter months, cold fronts sometimes come through an area with little or no precipitation, because of low moisture. So ETV was right to point the accompanying rain.

  • McDaNife - 2011-06-17 11:35

    Hey move to Durbs we have pleasant temperatures

      Citizen - 2011-06-17 11:50

      Too much ANC and pollution there. No thanks

      Ross - 2011-06-18 01:47

      funny joke McDaNife.. lol

  • Gorilla - 2011-06-17 11:37

    Ask anyone in Cape Town and they will tell you: "this winter is far worse than last year!"

      Lennox - 2011-06-17 12:37

      yah, when I was still at school it used to rain continuously for the full three week mid year school

      Robert Cerff - 2011-06-17 12:55

      Well... it's not just Cape Town, but anyone else notice that every winter is colder than the last... the summer hotter than the last. Oh short memories. But this pretty much sums up every CT winter I ever knew.

  • Lydon - 2011-06-17 11:44

    I love winter!

  • Citizen - 2011-06-17 11:49

    @news 24 it's been cold for weeks. Do you guys have nothing better to report on?

      jowza - 2011-06-17 12:11

      what do you want to read about

      tdk25 - 2011-06-17 12:58

      Go to the MALEMA24 page then!!!

  • Dominic - 2011-06-17 12:27

    Great pub weather :)

  • abel-konstabel - 2011-06-17 13:57

    It better not rain on Sunday...I wanna go play paintball with my mates!

  • Garth - 2011-06-17 16:57

    There is little that beats an east coast winter. Come to KZN for a visit!

      Ross - 2011-06-18 01:49

      i'd rather die of hypothermia.

  • michael.v.kesteren - 2011-06-18 22:22

    This is amateur cold compared to where I come from..

      BRAKKENJAN STORMER - 2011-06-22 15:32

      where are you from?the death i suppose.

  • hcato - 2011-06-23 20:07

    Leaving for Lapland/Finland soon - will not complain about the weather in Capetown now......

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