Another brutal cold front heading towards Western Cape, flooding expected

The Western Cape is set to get hit by a second major cold front in under a month on Saturday 27 June with the South African Weather Service (SAWS) warning marine vessels to take  "extreme precautions" as conditions over the Atlantic Ocean are set to become perilous. 

Localised flooding expected in Cape Winelands

SAWS said that more localised flooding can be expected, with the Cape Winelands and Overberg region set to be worst affected.

"Another cold front is expected to move in over the Western Cape tomorrow (Saturday 27 June 2020)," SAWS said on Friday 26 June.  

"This front is currently strengthening over the Atlantic Ocean. The marine community should take extreme precaution from tonight as conditions are expected to deteriorate quickly"

The following forecast was announced by SAWS on Friday afternoon:

  1. Heavy rain leading to localised flooding is possible over the western parts of the Cape Winelands and Overberg districts in the Western Cape; 

  2. Gale force (62-80km/h) north-westerly winds are expected along the coastal regions between Table Bay and Algoa Bay; [*]High seas with wave heights from 6-9 meters are expected between Lamberts Bay and Plettenberg Bay, spreading to Cannon Rocks by evening and subsiding by Sunday afternoon; [*]Storm surge is expected between Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay on Saturday afternoon, persisting into Sunday. 

They said that temperatures are likely to drop, causing widespread chills across the province moving up towards the Northern Cape.

  1. Strong north-westerly winds (50-60km/h) are expected over Karoo Hoogland Municipality in the Northern Cape, including the Breeze Valley, Central Karoo, and Garden Route in the Western Cape, as well as over the interior of the Eastern Cape. 

  2. Very cold conditions are expected over the southern high ground of Namakwa (Karoo Hoogland) in the Northern Cape. 

Gale force winds set to batter Western Cape

Saws warned that winds reaching 35-40 knots will hammer areas between Table Bay and Cape Agulhus on Saturday, with the gusting system set to move toward Stillbay. And then George by the afternoon. 

"A strong gale force (41-50 knots gusting 55) north-westerly to westerly wind is expected between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas on Saturday," they added. 

They warned that sea conditions will be incredibly choppy, with waves of 6-7.5 meters expected as the cold front rolls over he province. 

"High seas with wave heights between 6.0 and 7.5m expected between Saldanha Bay and Cape Agulhas (Saturday) spreading eastwards to Stillbay by the afternoon and to Cannon Rocks by evening while reaching 8.0 to 9.0m between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas."