As the cold front continues towards the south east coast, the South African Weather Service predicts more chilly weather conditions for both Gauteng and Cape Town this week.
According to the forecast, as some parts of the country expects chilly weather conditions, more rain should not be expected in and around Johannesburg for the next few days. Forecaster Kgolofelo Mahlangu threw more light on what the weather will look like during the next few weeks.
“Through to Wednesday, the rest of the country is not expecting any rainfall. The cool temperatures are still to persist all the way through to Wednesday for most places except those in the north – that’s from Centurion all the way to Limpopo and Mpumalanga.”
The brief absence of rainfall could be a relief as it will be recalled that heavy rainstorm left Cape Town in a very devastating condition as a large number of residents were rendered homeless.
According to the City’s Disaster Risk Management (DRM) team, the storm which started by late Friday afternoon (More than a week today) had flooded at least 150 homes with two of the city’s towns recording the highest disaster. However, most of the areas affected were regarded as entirely low-income areas.
The DRM’s Charlotte Powell said that townships like Khayelitsha and Philippi were heavily flooded with 100 dwellings affected in the BM Section and 50 dwellings in Marcus Harvey, Philippi by around 5pm.
Roofs were blown out in Philippi‚ Schaapkraal‚ Lavender Hill‚ Imizamo Yethu‚ Hout Bay and Masiphumelele while trees were uprooted in suburbs across the city‚ including Hout Bay‚ Constantia‚ Belhar‚ Delft‚ Kloofnek‚ Fish Hoek‚ Wynberg and Glencairn. Power lines were not left out of the disaster as a great number of them were put down in areas around Kensington and Wetton as a result of flooded roads.
This is the second disastrous rainstorm after flood damaged the official residence mapped out for use by the President and Deputy President in Durban‚ John Dube House.