It’s turning into a wet and windy day for South Africans. Here follows a collection of weather alerts issued for Gauteng, Eastern Cape Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
“A lot of weather across most parts of the country. Cloudy with rain over the Southern and Eastern Cape with scattered thunderstorms across the central and eastern half of the country of which some are already severe. Stay safe.”
Weather update: 6 February 2020
Gauteng weather alerts
The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued warnings for severe thunderstorms which will “result in heavy downpours and localised flood” over north-eastern and eastern parts of the province.
In addition, residents are urged to stay indoors, off the roads where possible, and avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams where water is above your ankles.
It’s 15:06 and there’s a thunderstorm with such heavy rain ? I can’t deal with the weather in Gauteng ?
— Phumelele ? (@PhumieMthembu) February 6, 2020
Affected areas include Ekurhuleni local municipality. In addition, Ann Swanepoel confirmed that a storm is heading towards Oaklands as well:
“Just experienced the loudest thunder clap in the Oaklands, Johannesburg area. I give it 10 minutes for the rain to come down. I sincerely hope.”
KwaZulu-Natal weather alerts
The SAWS also issued alerts for thunderstorms over large parts of KwaZulu-Natal, with “possible heavy downpours, excessive lightning, damaging winds and large hail.
Areas on alert include the district municipalities of Amajuba, Zululand, western uMgungundlovu and Harry Gwala, as well as Umkhanyakude.
Free State weather alerts
Hail is also expected in the Free State, along with severe thunderstorms, heavy downpours and strong gusty winds for 6 February 2020. Areas on alert also include:
- Van Stadensrus
Eastern Cape weather alerts
In addition to the above, severe thunderstorms are also observed approximately 40 kilometres from Graaff-Reinet, moving in an easterly direction.
Residents can expect heavy downpours and large amounts of small hail, while residents north of Umtata should prepare for damaging winds, heavy downpours and hail.
The slow-moving system is continuously dumping rain over the eastern part of the province, likely to be coupled with localised flooding.
Furthermore, severe thunderstorms are observed approximately 30 km kilometres west of Cradock moving in a southeasterly direction towards Somerset West.
Moreover, residents can expect heavy downpours and large amounts of hail. Alerts issued for the local municipalities of Elundini and Mhlontlo LM, as well as the Alfred Nzo district municipality.
Mpumalanga and Limpopo weather alerts
Alerts for severe thunderstorms and large amounts of small hail were issued across for Mpumalanga as well. Residents are warned of heavy rainfall and localised flooding.
In addition, central Limpopo residents – specifically those in local municipalities of Molemolle, Lepele, Polokwane and Aganang – are warned of heavy downpours with large amounts of small hail.
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Article source: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/weathersa/weather-update-alerts-issued-large-parts-south-africa-6-february/