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General Update

Spring seems to finally be in full swing as the end of September nears, thundershowers have been present over the northern parts of the country in typical summer rainfall fashion. There were strong thunderstorms present over parts of Gauteng yesterday the 28th September and heavy rains even caused several road closured in the Pretoria area.…

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Subtropical Depression Dando

So we’re into the summer season now and with the summer season comes an increase in tropical activity off the east coast of South Africa. These summer cyclones that occur usually don’t have an effect on South African weather and tend to move south before approaching the S.A coast line, though is not always the case and storms like Eline in 2000 which made landfall in Mozambique.…

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100kt Enawo Set For Intense Landfall Within 12 hours
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100kt Enawo Set For Intense Landfall Within 12 hours

Tropical Cyclone Enawo underwent rapid intensification today, ramping itself up to a 100kt Intense Tropical Cyclone, with landfall almost a certainty at this point. This brings the storm into the ‘Category 4 Tropical Cyclone’ category, when using the Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale format.…

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Cape Braces for Autumn Storm
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Cape Braces for Autumn Storm

While it may only be late April, the eyes of Western Cape residents are fixed on a strong cold front set to make landfall on Friday 22nd. While rain had already begun to fall around the coastal areas of the province on Wednesday night, the real action is still forecast to occur on Friday afternoon.…

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Amazing Cumulonimbus Near Germiston
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Amazing Cumulonimbus Near Germiston

These images were taken yesterday (15 October 2015) by Dustin Henrico of a storm to the South East of Germiston in Gauteng.…

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Thunderstorms Light Up Cape Town
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Thunderstorms Light Up Cape Town

After an extensive lull of visually appealing thunderstorm activity, Cape Town finally got a show again this weekend when a weak upper trough brought tropical moisture down from the northern parts of the country. The first thunderstorms were experienced late on Saturday night and into Sunday morning, but the real show occurred later on the evening of Sunday the 23rd when several storm cells moved over Cape Town and the surrounding areas.…

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Winter Weather Brings Snow and Flooding to South Africa
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Winter Weather Brings Snow and Flooding to South Africa

After the weather events that took place in the Western Cape in the middle of last week, focus shifted towards the interior and the eastern coastal areas for the weekend. As we discussed in our previous article we posted last week, we had our eyes on a low pressure that was forecast to develop towards the north eastern parts of the country, where models were predicting heavy rains and impressive snowfalls through much of Lesotho and into the Eastern Cape, as well as parts of KZN.…

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Wind, Rain and Snow on the Cards
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Wind, Rain and Snow on the Cards

The coming few days will see a series of noteworthy weather events including rain, wind and snow for some areas. Despite a few strong cold fronts bringing heavy rains to the Cape over the past few months, dam levels remain alarmingly low and the Western Cape will be hoping for some more winter weather, if they are to avoid possible water restrictions come summer.…

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Wild Weekend Weather Expected
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Wild Weekend Weather Expected

The country is still feeling the effects of this past weekend’s cold front which brought freezing temperatures to parts of the country, and snowfalls to the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Lesotho. But while the temperatures remain low in the wake of the front, our attention has already turned to the next weather event which is set to occur on Friday, and through into Saturday morning before clearing later on Saturday.…

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The Cold Returns – Snow For Western Cape This Weekend
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The Cold Returns – Snow For Western Cape This Weekend

After a fairly mild and mostly dry couple weeks for most of the South-Western Cape, things look set to change this weekend with the arrival of cold front, which looks likely to start impacting the province from Saturday afternoon to evening.…

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Big Snow Totals Possible For Lesotho This Weekend
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Big Snow Totals Possible For Lesotho This Weekend

The latest model guidance is looking extremely positive for snow enthusiasts in the north-eastern parts of the country, with the possibility for heavy snow in both Lesotho and the far NE parts of the Eastern Cape. For those who may not have been following this event, we have been tracking the progress of the forecast models for days now, with numerous “flip-flop” scenarios.…

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Model Inconsistencies Leave Snow Potential Up In The Air
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Model Inconsistencies Leave Snow Potential Up In The Air

Firstly, I’d like to state the discussion of this upcoming weather events poses a larger than normal degree of uncertainty and that it should be noted by all readers that due to the timeframe of the events discussed herein, it’s still very possible for there to be significant changes to the outlook.…

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Models Hint At Snowy Week Ahead
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Models Hint At Snowy Week Ahead

Update #2 – 15 June 2015: The weather event in question has been subject to a lot of “flip-flopping” with forecast specifics changing slightly every few hours, making it difficult to pin point the exact conditions which can be expected, however with the system now almost here – the forecast is a bit more reliable.…

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