Cape Town weather: Latest cold front threatens gale-force wind and rain

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued the Western Cape with yet another Yellow Level 2 warning as an approaching cold front threatens to bring with it gale force winds and heavy rains on Thursday 8 July. 

City of Cape Town Disaster Risk Management services said on Wednesday that they are ready to tackle any damage to infrastructure and assist vulnerable communities that may once again be affected by the adverse winter weather that’s been forecast. 

Cape Town bracing for another cold front  

In a statement released on Wednesday afternoon, the SAWS said that the approaching cold front is likely to pose challenges to residents, and has alerted the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre of the following warnings for tomorrow, Thursday 8 July:

  • Disruptive rainfall between midday and 11:00
  • Damaging winds from 9:00 until 11:00

“Yellow Level 2 Warning for WIND resulting in localised problems for high-sided vehicles on prone routes is expected over the southern interior of the Northern Cape and interior of the Western Cape on Thursday morning spreading to the south coast by the afternoon,” they said. 

“Yellow Level 2 Warning for WIND resulting in difficulty in navigation at sea is expected between Cape Columbine and Cape Agulhas on Thursday morning spreading to Plettenberg Bay by the afternoon,” they said. 

Services on standby  

Disaster Risk Management spokesperson in Cape Town, Charlotte Powell, said that all City services and external partners are on standby for the latest cold front expected to make landfall tomorrow morning.

“While the front is forecast to be considerably shorter in duration than the multiple days of inclement weather experienced last week, heavy rainfall over short periods could result in localised flooding,” she said. 

“In the event that there are any threats to life or property as a result of the weather, residents are advised to call the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialling 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.”


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