Wild weekend weather in store for parts of SA

By admin
28 April 2016

There’s no getting away from it – winter’s now not just knocking on our door, it’s hammering it down with warnings of icy weather and floods being issued for many parts of the country.

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Following the storm that hit the Western Cape on 22 April, with wind and rain causing considerable damage, the province’s disaster management centre has now issued a warning that people must be prepared for possible floods from Thursday evening.

According to reports local municipalities are ready to deal with possible emergency conditions.

Read more: In pictures: Randburg residents treated for trauma after flash flood causes chaos

Heavy rain is expected especially in the southwestern parts of the Western Cape. Gale force winds are predicted for the mountainous areas while at sea swells from 6 m to 9 m can be expected.

The South African weather bureau says on Thursday there’s a 30 percent chance of rain in the Western Cape which will increase to 80 percent by Friday. And it’s going to be cold – the temperature will be between 14 ºC and 16 ºC.

On Friday inhabitants of East London can also prepare themselves for a 60 percent chance of rain, but the rest of the country can look forward to drier and warmer conditions.

Snow Report SA says if the current weather conditions continue there’s a good chance of snowfalls between Friday evening and Saturday morning on all the mountain ranges from Oudtshoorn to Hogsback and the Witteberge. Even the Drakensberg and Maluti Mountains, as well as parts of Lesotho, should be prepared for an icy blanket of white.

Read more: It’s not yet winter but we’re seeing snow already!

Tips for motorists driving on wet or snow-covered roads:

1 Be aware that bad weather adversely affects your vision and roadholding.

2 Arrive Alive emphasises that it’s best to avoid driving during bad weather unless absolutely necessary.

3 Reduce speed, whether you’re driving a tiny two-seater or a 4x4 monster.

4 Increase the following distance between you and the car in front of you.

5 Don’t brake as you turn; rather brake a little to reduce speed before you turn.

6 Don’t drive through pools of water. It’s difficult to determine how deep the water is and there’s a chance your engine could choke.

7 If you must drive through water it’s recommended that you brake lightly afterwards. The friction and heat will help to dry your brakes.

8 Regularly check your windscreen wipers – don’t wait for heavy rain to discover they’re not working properly.

9 The same goes for your tyres. You need tyres that give you a good grip – tyres that are worn smooth don’t provide grip and are dangerous, especially on wet roads.

10 Tune in to your local radio station for weather and traffic updates.

11 Make sure that your tank is full and your cellphone is charged.

12 Compile a list of emergency numbers and keep it in your car.

13 Let someone know when you leave for your destination as well as your estimated time of arrival.

Sources: realsimple.com, arrivealive.co.za, theweek.com, nbcwashington.com, traveller24.news24.com

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