Overstrand Municipality Severe Weather Update: 8 July 2024 @ 10:00

Overstrand Municipality Severe Weather Update: 8 July 2024 @ 10:00

On 8 July 2024, the Overstrand Municipality’s Joint Operational Centre (JOC) was activated to co-ordinate disaster management activities.

Please remain vigilant and alert, as many roads have already flooded or may be obstructed by debris or saturated earth due to the strong winds and rainfall.

Road Status:

R44 Clarence Drive between Rooi-Els and Gordon’s Bay remains closed.

Stanford River:

Water levels began to rise. An assessment is currently being conducted at Stanford while the Kleinrivier continues to rise.

South African Weather Service (SAWS) Weather Outlook (issued on 2024/07/08 @ 09:03):

Outlook period from: Monday 08 July 2024 to Sunday 14 July 2024: Damaging Winds, Disruptive Rain, Disruptive Snow, Veld Fire Conditions, Damaging Waves, Storm surges

The IBF warnings for today are still on track. A series of cold fronts are expected for this week as well, therefore cold to very cold, wet (showers and thundershowers), and windy conditions are possible over most of the Western Cape, especially over the western parts. The rain-on-rain scenario is of concern, since the soil moisture content is near saturation over the western parts. The freezing levels are not as low for this week compared to the past weekend, nevertheless, it will drop significantly towards the weekend, when snow over the western mountains are possible. Monday is going to be the coldest day in terms of maximum temperatures. The first cold front will make landfall on Tuesday morning with 10 to 20 mm of accumulated rainfall (24-hours) expected over the western parts, reaching 40 to 60 mm over the southern western mountains.

The maximum temperatures will increase slightly on Tuesday and Wednesday with windy conditions (north-westerlies) over the interior as well. On Wednesday morning, the showers and rain can still linger over the western parts, while clearing up during the afternoon, however returning the evening ahead of the second cold front that will make landfall on Thursday morning. 5 to 15 mm of accumulated rainfall (24-hours) are possible over most of the Western Cape on Thursday, except over the north-eastern parts, while 20 to 40 mm are expected over the western parts, reaching 60 to 80 mm over the western mountains. The third cold front will make landfall Thursday evening into early Friday morning when cooler temperatures are expected; an additional 10 to 20 mm, reaching 20 to 30 mm are possible over the western mountains on Friday. The fourth cold front will bring showers and rain (10 to 20 mm/48 hours, reaching 20 to 30mm over the mountains) for the western parts over the weekend.

The winds along the south-west coast will be predominantly be strong to gale force west to north-westerly, while along the south coast at times. The wave heights are expected to be 4 to 5 m, while reaching 6 to 8 m on Monday into Wednesday and again on Friday afternoon, while subsiding (3 to 4m) over the weekend; mainly west to south-westerly swells.

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