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The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has stated that Newcastillians can expect a reprieve from the excruciating heat. However, the change in weather could come at a cost.
This follows the weather service issuing a Level 2 Warning for Thursday, 13 October 2022. Thunderstorms are expected to hit parts of KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday afternoon, with conditions favourable for severe thunderstorms over parts of the province.
These thunderstorms are expected to be accompanied by strong damaging winds, excessive lightning and heavy downpours.
The inclement weather is predicted to impact:
In addition to this, SAWS has issued a second Level 2 Warning for Friday, 14 October 2022. A warning that is set to impact Newcastle and its neighbouring towns directly.
SAWS said, “Scattered thunderstorms are expected tomorrow afternoon over the north-western parts of KZN, with conditions favourable for severe thunderstorms. These thunderstorms are expected to be accompanied by strong, damaging winds, excessive lightning and heavy downpours.”
Severe weather conditions are expected to hit the following communities:
- Dundee (Endumeni)
- Ladysmith (Alfred Duma)
- Bergville (Okhlahamba)
- Estcourt (Inkosi Langalibalele)
- Vryheid (AbaQulusi)
With SAWS issuing a Level 2 Warning for the area, the weather services pointed out the conditions could have several impacts on the communities. These include:
- Localised damage to infrastructure.
- Localised flooding due to heavy downpours.
- Injuries due to flying debris are possible.
- Minor vehicle accidents, difficult driving conditions, and increased travelling times are possible.
As a dramatic change is expected in the heat, what are your thoughts on the above-mentioned? Share your views in the comment section below.