Temperatures to fall in Gauteng, KZN

2013-06-03 11:19
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Johannesburg - Temperatures are expected to drop in parts of Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State as winter weather that has already hit the Western Cape spreads to the rest of the country.

The SA Weather Service said although parts of the country outside the Western Cape would have fine weather, temperatures are expected to fall.

A cold front in the Western Cape is expected to remain until Tuesday, the weather service said.

"Persistent rain can be expected in the George area today [Monday] and early hours of tomorrow [Tuesday]," forecaster Bransby Bulo said on Monday.

Winter storms in Cape Town had displaced more than 2 000 people, the city's disaster risk management centre said on Sunday.

Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said 547 shacks were damaged and 2 266 people displaced by storms and flooding in Bishop Lavis, Hout Bay, and parts of Gugulethu, Strand and Khayelitsha.

In Philippi, a graveyard was flooded. Elsewhere, the roofs of houses were blown off.

A number of mainly informal settlements were flooded in Atlantis, Blackheath, Elsies River, Kalkfontein, Langa, Lavender Hill, Lotus River, Milnerton, and Parkwood.

The Western Cape police senior management was expected to visit areas affected by the bad weather on Monday.

"The purpose of the visit is generally to assess the extent to which the communities have been affected by the floods, as well as looking at the possibility of bringing the necessary services closer to the affected communities," said Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana.

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