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Expect wet weather this week: SA Weather Services

Jul 21, 2015
Expect wet weather this week: SA Weather Services

You can expect a week of wet weather according to the Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Services.  

"In a nutshell rain is expected on and off over most of the Eastern Cape for the rest of the week, with clearance from the west only expected around Sunday," Garth Sampson, spokeperson at SA Weather in the Eastern Cape, said in a statement on Tuesday morning.

 In detail the general outlook for the week is as follows:

Wednesday 22 July - An upper trough, located west of the country will draw in moisture over the region. This combined with a ridging high, will bring with it rain along the coastal areas and thundershowers over the interior. Strong North Easterly winds are expected in the extreme north.

Thursday 23 July - Another upper trough approaches causing a North Westerly flow. This will create warm conditions with showers and thundershowers across most of the Eastern Cape.

Friday 24 July - The upper trough forms a cut-off low over the Northern Cape while a high ridges in on the surface along the coastline. These two systems will cause the temperatures to drop with rain and thundershowers across most of the Eastern Cape

Saturday 25 July - The cut-off low will be situated over the northern Free State with the ridging high south of the country. This will cause freezing levels to drop significantly resulting in cool to cold conditions with showers of rain. Snow can be expected over the high lying areas with disruptive snow over the Sneeuberg and southern Drakensberg mountains.

Sunday 26 July - The cut-off low will move out along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline. Heavy rain is expected in the extreme east of the province.

Monday 27 July - Morning  heavy rain is expected in the extreme east associated with the cut-off low moving away.

Considering that some significant falls were recorded towards the end of last week and further persistent rain is expected this week, the ground will become supersaturated in places. This can lead to localized flooding even with less significant falls. It is advised to listen to the radio or visit www.weathersa.co.za for the latest forecasts and warnings.

Rain measured up to 08h00 Tuesday 21 July 2015

Port Elizabeth                    9 mm

Coega                                   3 mm

Blue Horizon Bay              9 mm

Elands River                        5 mm

Flower Reserve                17 mm

Kriegers Kraal                    11 mm

Riverstone Bridge            7 mm

PE Chatty Fire Station     4 mm

St Albans Prison                6 mm

Third Avenue Dip             9 mm

Fettes Rd                             8 mm

Uitenhage                           4 mm

East London                       1 mm

Bisho                                     3 mm

George                                 20 mm

Plettenberg Bay               18 mm

Mossel Bay                         8 mm

Port Alfred                          13 mm

Graaf Reinett                     3 mm

Cradock                                2 mm

Ft Beaufort                         7 mm

Grahamstown                   9 mm

Somerset East                   3 mm

Addo                                     8 mm


Dams Catchment

Joubertina                          0.2 mm

Patensie                              10 mm

Kareedouw                        8 mm

Kouga                                   3 mm

Average level of main storage dams for the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro 83%