Severe weather expected in parts of the Eastern Cape this weekend

JANUARY 21, 2016

There is possibly some good news for the dry northern and eastern parts of the Eastern Cape, the South African Weather Services office in Port Elizabeth said on Thursday.

"Over the weekend heavy rain is expected in places in the form of heavy thundershowers (50 mm+) over the northern and eastern parts of the Eastern Cape, north of Graaf Reinet and east of East London (not including East London)," said Garth Sampson, SA Weather Services Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape.

"On Saturday these conditions are expected over the northern parts and on Sunday over the eastern areas (east of East London).

"It is important to take note that not all the areas will reach the forecasted 50mm+ as thundershowers are known to move in localized paths/areas."

Sampson said that the system causing this is a cut-off low over the West Coast that is expected to draw moisture from the northern areas.

"This combined with a surface trough extending to the Western Cape and perturbations located at 700hpa will drive the uplift and instability.

"The South African Weather Service have issued an advisory for this, and will update it to a watch and in time warning as confidence increase," he said.

The advisory has been sent for the following local municipalities: Camdeboo, Mbashe, Mnquma, Great Kei, Amahlati, Inxuba Yethemba, Tsolwana, Inkwanca, Lukanji, Intsika Yethu, Emalahleni, Engcobo, Sakhisizwe, Elundini, Senqu, Maletwai, Gariep, Ngquza Hill, Port St Johns, Nyandeni, Mhlontlo, King Sabata Dalindyebo, Matatiele, Umzimvubu, Mbizana and Ntabankulu.

"Listen to the radio for the latest warnings and updated forecast for your area, or visit www.weathersa.co.za."