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A series of cold fronts headed for the Western Cape

Beach goers are advised to take caution as seas are expected to be choppy during the weekend.
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A series of cold fronts headed for the Western Cape

The Western Cape province is expected to experience a series of cold fronts over the next few days.

According to the South African Weather Service (SAWS) the series of cold fronts which started on Thursday (25/06/2020) will continue into the weekend.

“The first cold front associated with a steep upper-air trough is expected to make landfall later today
(25/06/2020) and should move over the Western Cape Province, clearing from Friday, 26 June 2020,
midday. This system is expected to result in strong north-westerly winds (60-75 km/h), touching gale force winds (80 – 85 km/h) along the south-west coast, where very rough seas are expected,” SAWS said.

Another cold front is expected on Saturday afternoon, 27 June 2020, resulting in strong to gale force (80-85 km/h) winds along the south-west and south coast and adjacent interior.

High seas and heavy rains are also expected and will result in localized flooding in places over the western mountains.

SAWS has urged the public to stay home due to the strong winds affecting the roads, especially for high-sided vehicles and localized temporary structures.

Possible impacts due to high seas include:

  • Localised damage to coastal infrastructure (e.g. walkways, pipelines, property, road and rail routes);
  • localised damage to modification of beaches, dunes and/or estuaries and localised disruptions to beachfront activities (e.g. beaches/shoreline not safe for swimming, shore/rock angling).
  • Beach goers are advised to take caution as seas are expected to be choppy during the weekend.
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