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More rainfall forecast for this weekend in Eastern Cape and Western Cape

Mar 8, 2019
More rainfall forecast for this weekend in Eastern Cape and Western Cape

In its latest rainfall forecast, the Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Service on Friday said that rain is still expected over the weekend in the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape.

Garth Sampson, the SA Weather Service's Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape, explained; "In a nutshell we are in for a wet weekened which should disrupt all the sport at Despatch, Alex and Lorraine Schools who have large events on.

"None of our farmers and keen gardeners will complain though.

"Rainfall for the Eastern Cape looks promising for the weekend and beyond."

Latest rainfall forecast for Eastern Capd and Western Cape

FRIDAY 08/03/2019:

Sampson said a surface high pressure ridges in from a position south of the country, pushing rain and showers in over vast areas of the Eastern Cape, south of the escarpment. 

SATURDAY 09/03/2019:

"The surface high pressure is expected to move to the southeast of the country, with a steepening upper trough in a position southwest of Cape Town,"  he added. 

"Isolated thunderstorms are expected along the escarpment, with showers along the coast and adjacent interior."

SUNDAY 10/03/2019:

Sampson said that the upper trough intensifies into a cut-off low in the vicinity of Cape Town. 

"This enhances rainfall intensity over most parts of the Eastern Cape."

MINDAY 11/03/2019: 

He also said that the cut-off low maintains its position near Cape Town, with vast areas of the Eastern Cape affected by thunderstorms during the day.

TUESDAY12/03/2019: 

"The cut-of flow moves past south of Cape Agulhas.  Most of the Eastern Cape rain and thundershowers are confined to areas east of East London."

Summary:

"The PE cathment area may receive in excess of 20mm of rain during this 5 day period.  Port Elizabeth, East London and Mthatha are expected to receive around 50mm for this period.  Rainfall in the Grahamstown area may exceed 80mm," Sampson added.

"Flooding is expected over areas, especially east of and including Grahamstown from Sunday, due to the accumulation of rain and wet condition."

Rain measured 08h00 on 08 March 2019

3/1/2019

Station Names

8

Nelson Mandela Bay

 

AWOS

Port Elizabeth Airport

8.4

ARS

3rd Ave Dip

9.8

ARS

Blue Horizon Bay

*

AWSH

Chatty

*

AWS

Coega

3.0

AWSH

Fettes Road

5.0

ARS

Flower Reserve

50.4

Man

Woodridge

41.1

AWSH

Motherwell

*

ARS

Riverstone Bridge

13.6

ARS

St Albans

13.2

AWS

Uitenhage

17.2

 

 

 

Catchment

 

AWS

Joubertina

9.2

Man

Kareedouw

21.0

Man

Kouga Dam

*

AWS

Patensie

17.4

Man

Swartkops

3.5

Man

 

 

Other Towns

 

AWS

Addo

11.6

AWS

Bisho/KWT

6.6

AWS

Cape St Francis

16.2

AWS

Cradock

1.0

AWS

East London

5.6

AWS

Fort Beaufort

12.0

AWS

George

18.5

AWS

Graaff Reinet

1.4

AWS

Grahamstown

2.4

AWS

Henry`s Flats

1.6

AWS

Joubertina

9.2

AWS

Mossel Bay

11.2

AWS

Mthatha

4.4

AWS

Plettenberg bay

39.6

AWS

Port Alfred

6.4

AWS

Queenstown

35.8

 

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