Wet and wild weather to wreak havoc

2011-06-07 22:30

Cape Town - Get out the woollies, boots and brollies.

That's after the SA Weather Service on Tuesday warned of plummeting temperatures, heavy rains and snow in places.

This is because of a strong cut-off low-pressure system that developed over the south of Namibia on Monday, and moved easterly over the interior.

"Such systems often come about in summer or autumn, but it's seldom that such a strong cut-off low-pressure system occurs in winter", Mark Todd from the SA Weather Service said.

"It's not unheard of, just uncommon."

Special "take action" alerts have been issued for both the Eastern Cape and the Free State, where heavy rainfalls and severe thunderstorms are expected in most areas, as well as bitterly cold conditions.

Adding to the weather woes in the Eastern Cape is expected snowfall over the north-eastern high ground of the province due to the pressure system.

The Drakensberg region of KwaZulu-Natal is also expected to see snowfall, and consequent bitterly cold conditions. Strong downpours are possible in the western parts of the province.

High alert

Emergency personnel have been put on high alert in the Southern Cape where heavy rainfall has been forecast, in case of possible floods.

The rest of the country is also expected to see wet and dreary conditions.

Gauteng is set for heavy downpours and severe thunderstorms.

Severe thunderstorms are possible in places over the North West, according to Weather SA, with very cold conditions seen over the south-western parts of the province.

In Mpumalanga, severe thunderstorms are possible in places over Mpumalanga, and heavy rain is forecast over the western Highveld.

The Western Cape will be the odd one out for once though, with light rain expected at best.

  • Krolie - 2011-06-08 05:54

    For the past 20 years I each year bought an umbrella in the hope that THIS time it will do what it is supposed to, but alas, if you exit the door and there is something just stronger than a breeze, your umbrella takes another shape whipping the other way round and well, your next best hope is for a bit of water to use this useless object as a boat of sorts. Anybody else find an umbrella pretty useless in the WC in the middle of winter? CT is well known for people hugging lampposts, even grabbing towards the closest human zipping past you as if hell bent to win a marthon. Yip, even your rainjacket ends up not being so protective as it is renowned to do - whipping up and down and all over the place, including the clothes you're wearing underneath. You might as well put your clothes in a packet, tie it to your body and streak down Adderley Steet, because wet you will be to the skin, no matter what you do. At least you't hopefully have some dry clothes at the end of your "flight". Just wondering what the use is of a umbrella/brolly really is in this kind of weather...

      Esperanza - 2011-06-08 07:36

      yep I have used on average 3 umbrellas a year the last four years, and found out that my R250 woolies one gave the same result as my R30 chinese shop one: blowing upwards in the wind, leaving me hanging on underneath like Mary Poppins while getting soaked. If someone could invent a device which can survive more than one winter in Cape Town, kindly let everyone know

      lenand40 - 2011-06-08 08:04

      Umbrella in Cape Town is not advisable, but elsewhere in the country is doubles up as protection against the highveld sun, and the thunderstorm afterwards. Right now, in Joburg, an umbrella should be the last thing in your mind

      Jamie - 2011-06-08 10:53

      There's a type of umbrella, designed in NZ I think, which has a double canopy, which solves the uplift problem in the wind. Golfers use them a lot, and they work much better than the single canopy type, though nothing will survive a good blow.

      Snotty - 2011-06-08 10:57

      ahhhh!!! beautiful sunshine lovely blue sea with speed boats and small boats people just chilling out on the beach ...I see all this from my balcony which is overlooking this beautiful area slight breeze to cool you off lots of cars driving along the beach front what a wonderful life THANK YOU LORD ...........sorry guys SA winters are always depressing!!!

      Shell - 2011-06-08 11:10

      Krollie thanks for this laugh! You are so right. - 2011-06-08 11:53

      This is why I live in KZN. ;)

      Johnny - 2011-06-08 15:51

      i keep a spare set of clothes at work for just such a situation, dont bother wasting money on umbrella's anymore

      Krolie - 2011-06-08 19:35

      @Snotty Ja rub it in, but pretty soon it will be the other way round. Have been attacked by my door this morning and nearly ended up in the dustbin, so strong the wind was here, but we should be thankful it is only wind... I believe our lovely Garden Route has been suffering once again with floods. Colleagues in our sister resort reported to me they have had flood damage. Now an annual event. My thoughts are with them and hope they will all be ok.

      Snotty - 2011-06-09 09:49

      @krolie........I live abroad being here for the last 10 years

      lightning - 2011-06-09 10:13

      I'd like to buy your brollies :-)

      Krolie - 2011-06-09 20:11

      @snotty It won't be long before the summer is here for us and you have to face winter - snow where you are? I've never seen snow, except on tv etc. Must be great experiencing it for the first time, but can imagine the problems driving and clearing away of windscreens, let alone pathways etc. Enjoy your lovely warm weather, but think of us as well. We will return the favour!

      Krolie - 2011-06-09 20:12

      @lightning This is interesting. Why do you want to buy broken brollies?

  • terry - 2011-06-08 08:02

    solution ..... don't live in Cape Town! just kidding - but you can't have it all.

      liesl - 2011-06-08 16:00

      LOL too true. Actually, I much prefer Cape Town winter to its summers.

  • unrealchris - 2011-06-08 09:21

    Why is it not "un-common" this weather. For the past 44 years of my life, staying in JHB, I can really think that we've had thunder showers in the middle of winter, yes maybe a bit of rain, but nothing like it was this morning!

  • Thembisile - 2011-06-08 09:24

    I love this winter.

      Mr D - 2011-06-09 05:10

      So True, in bed, nice and warm with the Jack Russel at my feet covered in her blanket with the telly on the sport CT...

  • Matt - 2011-06-08 09:44

    Be careful in JHB - in Sandton, Rivonia Road between Illovo and Sandton City has 3 robots out (by the Shell garage and 2x by Sandton City)

      Ruff-ian - 2011-06-08 09:56

      there's no need for that Zulufox,your comments are out of order mate.and yeah he is right it's not a robot

      Pigmalion - 2011-06-08 10:28

      To all the South African speaking people, there are a lot of robots out all over Joburg this morning.

      Dnt8 - 2011-06-08 10:39

      @ZULU....dnt be nasty dude you say potatoe I say

      Marisa - 2011-06-08 10:54

      With reference to robot and zulufox: The latest Collins English Dictionary gives, under definitions for 'robot': South African: a set of traffic lights.

      Pigmalion - 2011-06-08 11:13

      So who is uneducated now Moron-tebo?

      zulufox - 2011-06-08 11:20

      Okay Matt, my bad... was having a crappy morning. Of course it's a robot...

  • Mart - 2011-06-08 09:52

    Rain 'suits' opportunity for someone to make them from supermarket packets - to keep the costs down. I also have 2 x supermarket plastic packets and 2 rubber bands in my briefcase to try and keep the shoes/feet dry.

  • Voidy - 2011-06-08 10:23

    There is no such thing as bad weather, you're only wearing the wrong clothes.

  • kaja - 2011-06-08 10:33

    Never mind the weather! It is still a beautiful GOD given day! Enjoy!

  • JitteKerl - 2011-06-08 12:06

    ah, reading the headline i thought the new porn-channel had been released in SA

      Ke maketse - 2011-06-08 14:22

      Me too!

  • K_za - 2011-06-08 12:33

    That's what happens if you vote ANC 'joke'

  • Choc Star - 2011-06-08 13:14

    So on the left we have an article warning Capetonians to get our their winter woolies, and on the right a weather report stating Mostly sunny, mild. Which is it?

      liesl - 2011-06-08 16:02

      Mostly sunny today but with quite a bit of wind. It's cool though. :)

  • Dave - 2011-06-08 13:27

    First sentence: "Cape Town - Get out the woollies, boots and brollies." Last sentence: "The Western Cape will be the odd one out for once though, with light rain expected at best." Good grief man. Good grief...

      opiniononly - 2011-06-08 17:23

      Oh, that made me chuckle....

      Krolie - 2011-06-08 19:08

      Yes crazy, but the weather can change here like nothing especially if you live below Table Mountain! Many times it would rain here at the Neck, just to have the sun shining in Constantia! Suppose News24 is trying to cover all possibilities.

      gobsmacked2 - 2011-06-09 08:48

      Ha, it's misleading – also thought wtf but it actually means the article comes from the Cape Town bureau, not that the article is about CT :) All (most) news articles state the location of where they were written, same as on TV/radio where they say 'so and so, reporting from wherever'

  • Janine - 2011-06-08 14:12

    I've lived in Cape Town for most of my life and have never owned an umbrella - totally useless here.

      Mr D - 2011-06-09 05:14

      Ook so waar

  • struth - 2011-06-08 15:33

    Calling from the Far far South. What rain??

  • Kaminies - 2011-06-08 17:05

    I suggest that you get a full length windbreaker - well, just for some protection. I will not mention where I bought mine, and whether or not it was gender appropriate. Blurg!

      Krolie - 2011-06-08 19:11

      Careful that you don't end up going skywards

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-06-09 07:40

    this weather will make the population increase

      Krolie - 2011-06-09 08:06

      Yip, floating down the river with the the occasional branch in the water to avoid. How do you steer the bed and where's the rudder?

      Dnt8 - 2011-06-09 08:44

      Dude go to bed with a

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