Gauteng residents have been warned to prepare for severe thunderstorms
A snowstorm hit parts of Gauteng on Monday, destroying homes, cars and infrastructure
Gauteng residents have been warned to brace for another severe thunderstorm on Thursday.
Gauteng Weather Regional Meteorological Service shared details of the adverse weather conditions on X.
The South African Weather Service (Saws) has issued a warning of possible severe thundershowers on Thursday 16 November 2023 with a 50% chance of rain. Potential threats include hail, strong winds, heavy rains and flooding.
⚠️ WARNING: The SA Weather Service has issued a warning of possible severe thunderstorms!!!
📆Date: Thursday, November 16, 2023
📈Chance of rain: 50%
📍Area: All of Gauteng
— Gauteng Weather (@tWeatherSA) November 16, 2023
A snowstorm hit parts of Gauteng on Monday, destroying homes, cars and infrastructure.
One person was injured in Soweto during hail, while the body of an 18-year-old teenager drowned after falling into the Klipvale River during adverse weather conditions.
Joburg Emergency Services Robert Mulaudzi said they were on high alert.
“For our part as the City of Johannesburg Emergency Management Services, we remain on high alert throughout the day and monitor all seven areas of the city so that we can respond to all emergencies reported through our emergency call centre.”
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Bullets have also issued a level 2 yellow warning for severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and hail expected over the Free State, extreme eastern parts of the Northern Cape, central and western parts of the North West and southern KwaZulu-Natal.
A level 1 yellow warning has also been issued for severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and hail expected over the northern and eastern parts of the Eastern Cape.
More is coming
Menasher warned of the possibility of more severe weather conditions in the coming months.
The forecast is not limited to extreme wet weather, as conditions are expected to be drier and warmer through March.
“The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is in an El Niño state and, according to the latest forecasts, is expected to continue through most of the summer,” the service’s Lehlohonolo Thobela said.
“The typical impact of Enso on southern Africa is (of) generally drier and warmer conditions from October to March.
“However, current global projections indicate significant uncertainty about the drier conditions South Africa experiences during typical El Niño seasons, particularly in the eastern parts of the country,” Thobela said.
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