Cold front warning for WCape residents

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pretoria - The City of Cape Town has issued a warning to residents of adverse weather conditions, including a cold front, forecast for this week.

This as a series of cold fronts in the Western and Northern Cape provinces started hitting the provinces on Sunday.

"A second front passed yesterday, dropping the temperatures further at the surface. A third cold front swept through the south-western Cape last night, and is likely to spread to the interior during the course of today. Very cold conditions are expected over the high-ground areas until tomorrow," said the City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management Centre.

According to the centre, the SA Weather Service has issued several warnings including heavy swells expected to spread to Alexander Bay today while high seas with wave heights reaching 7 metres likely in places south of Cape Columbine.

Additionally very rough seas with wave heights in excess of 4 to 6 metres are also expected today and tomorrow.

The western high-ground of the Western Cape can expect very cold conditions to set in spreading to the southern high ground of the Northern Cape later and persisting until Wednesday.

A gale force northwest/westernly wind of 35 knots is expected south of the Cape Algulhas today spreading to the offshore areas of the southern coast by evening is expected while snowfalls are expected over the south western mountains of the Western Cape on Tuesday.

"As part of the city's comprehensive disaster plan for storms and flooding, the City's Disaster Risk Management Centre, and City and Provincial Social Development Departments are collaborating with a network of NGOs to assist persons affected by the colder weather, particularly homeless people, by sourcing emergency accommodation at shelters as far as possible, and providing emergency shelters, hot meals, clothing and blankets," said the city.

Should people need assistance they can dial 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cell phone to receive help.

"The city's disaster response team are standing on high-alert and maintaining close contact with the SA Weather Service."- BuaNews