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Weather records broken in the Eastern Cape this Winter!

Sep 4, 2019
Weather records broken in the Eastern Cape this Winter!

Port Elizabeth - Many weather-related records were recorded during August and the 2019 winter, the Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Service said on Wednesday.

Rainfall records

"It is official, Port Elizabeth received the lowest total rainfall for August, on record," said Garth Sampson, the SA Weather Service's Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape.

"This is from records that date back to 1900.

"The 3.0 mm measured during August broke the 1985 record of 4.7 mm for the month."

Similar records were recorded over other areas of the Eastern Cape: 


August 2019










0.6 mm

0.0 mm


2nd lowest since 2004


11.0 mm

8.3 mm


Not record


0.0 mm

0.0 mm


Equal to record

Port Elizabeth

3.0 mm

4.7 mm


Lowest on record

East London

7.4 mm

4.9 mm


2nd lowest since 2000


NOTE winter considered as June, July and August

"For Queenstown, it is the second winter in a row that record low rainfall has been measured. In 2018 a mere 2.6 mm was measured with 2.8 mm being measured in 2019. This is well below the average of 30.6 mm," Sampson added.

"For Mthatha, it is the driest  winter (1997- 2019) on record. The 11.8 mm measured broke the 2014 record of 12.4 mm. It is well below the winter average of 58.5 mm.

"For Cradock, it is the driest winter (1990-2019) on record. A mere 0.8 mm was measured during the 2019 winter. This is well below the average of 28.4 mm."

Sampson said for Port Elizabeth the 98.3 mm for winter was not a record due to some nice falls in July.

"However the 98.3 mm measured this year is well below the winter norm of 174.6 mm," he said.

"For East London, it was neither a major record, but the 34.4 mm was considerably lower than the norm of 145.5 mm for winter."

Maximum temperatures

"Cradock experienced the highest average maximum for August 2019 (1990 -2019). The average maximum temperature for August was 23.7 mm."

NOTE winter considered as June, July and August

Sampson added for Winter most stations experienced the warmest day time temperatures for winter 2019.

"These include Queenstown at 20.9 C (1992-2019), Mthatha at 23.6 C (1996-2019), Cradock at 22.3 C (1990-2019) and Port Elizabeth at 21.9 C (1992-2019). East London was the only station checked that did not have a record."

Minimum temperatures

"Minimum temperatures were a mixed bag with some areas being above norm and others below. However in general most were close to norm not making it necessary to give individual figures."

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