SAWS issue weather warning

LYDENBURG – The South African Weather service (SAWS) has issued an amber alert for heavy rainfall starting today (Monday).

Widespread thundershowers and cold weather are  expected from Monday until Wednesday, the SAWS said.

“The South African Weather Service is monitoring the development of a cut-off low pressure system.

“There is potential for some areas to receive significant amounts of rainfall from this weather system, and this may result in localized flooding.”

The weather service said temperatures are also expected to drop significantly.

The warning was issued for provinces including Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Kwazulu Natal and the Free State.

An amber alert refers to the following weather conditions:

 1. Disruptive Snowfalls
 2. Heavy Rain
 3. Flash Flooding
   •      Heavy Rain leading to Flash flooding (non thunder storm)
   •      Localised Flooding (non thunder storm)                       .
 4. Severe Thunderstorms
   •      Hail, gusts, tornadoes, local flooding
 5. Sea State (High swell > 6 m)
 6. Strong winds (Gale force)
 7. Veld fire conditions (in collaboration with Forestry)
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Narda Vermaak
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