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It is time to get out your umbrellas with KZN expected to enjoy some steady rains over the coming days.
The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has warned that a cloudy, cold spell of persistent rainfall is anticipated for some of the eastern provinces in the days ahead, driven by a developing upper-air cut-off low system.
“At the current time, a well-developed upper-air trough, associated with coldness and instability, is in the process of intensifying over the southwestern parts of southern Africa. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) is confident that, during the coming days, this system will further deepen and intensify, forming a cut-off low over the southern and central interior,” stated SAWS.
With persistent rainfalls expected, SAWS issued a notice confirming that a level 2 warning had been issued for the province. “The residents of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as Mpumalanga, should therefore prepare for a three-day episode of rainfall, which may be heavy at places.”
Moreover, SAWS noted that sustained rainfall over a relatively large area will inevitably lead to the ground becoming saturated, resulting in overland runoff into river and stream systems, as well as heightening the risk of localised flooding.
“Under such circumstances, informal dwelling structures, especially those built of mud bricks will be particularly prone to sudden collapse. The public would also be well-advised to keep jackets and blankets close at hand, as the weather will remain very chilly over the abovementioned provinces,”. SAWS said.
With heavy rainfalls expected from today, 19 September 2022, until Wednesday, 21 September 2022, what are your thoughts?
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