The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has warned of stormy weather over parts of the Western Cape on Wednesday and Thursday.
SAWS said the cold temperatures will affect the south-west coast.
“A cut-off low pressure is expected to develop along the south-west coast of the Western Cape on Wednesday and will position itself along the coast around Saldanha Bay in the evening.”
“Sporadic, heavy rainfall (in the form of showers and thundershowers) will likely impact the Overberg region, Garden Route District, parts of the Cape Winelands and Cape Metropole, especially during the evening and overnight hours into Thursday,” the weather service said in a statement.
Heavy rains are already being experienced in different parts of the Western Cape, with some areas experiencing flooding.
The Cape Agulhas Municipality indicated that there has been heavy flooding in some parts of L’Agulhas, Struisbaai, and Struisbaai North, which have resulted in people being evacuated from their homes.
“Rescue teams have been deployed to the area including the Disaster Management of the Overberg District Municipality. People are being evacuated from their homes and will be housed at the Struisbaai Caravan Park, Struisbaai Community Hall, and other places of accommodation,” the municipality said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell says the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre has contingency plans in place.
For any weather-related service requests or emergencies, residents are advised to call the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialing 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline, and 080 911 4357.
Additional regional numbers for reporting emergencies in the Western Cape:
Overberg – 028 425 1690
West Coast – 022 433 8700
Garden Route – 044 805 5071
Central Karoo – 023 449 8000
Cape Winelands – 021 886 9244 / 021 887 4446