Heavy rains expected to continue in Gauteng over the next week

The gloomy weather is about to continue in Gauteng, with heavy rainfall expected over subsequent week.

This is consistent with the South African Weather Service, who have issued A level four yellow warning for disruptive rainfall in Gauteng, and a number of other other parts of the country.

Forecaster Kgolofelo Mahlangu said: “The warning has been issued for Gauteng, the southwestern parts of Limpopo, the north east of the North West, and therefore the highveld of Limpopo.

“It simply means that there is a more likelihood of significant impact that can occur with the disruptive rainfall. We are watching low lying areas which can get flooded. Dam walls could break or burst thanks to the quantity of water they’re going to need to hold thanks to the heavy rainfall.

“This successively will cause some disruption in traffic, also as some disruption with municipal services.”

Cyclone Eloise “left an in depth trail of destruction along its path over Mozambique also because the north-eastern parts of South Africa” before being downgraded to an overland tropical depression.
This has led to extreme weather across parts of SA, like disruptive rain in Gauteng, “significant amounts of rainfall” over eastern parts of Northern Cape and western parts of both North West and Free State.

Heavy downpours are expected until a minimum of Wednesday, said Mahlangu.
“We expect downpours every single day for subsequent seven days, with heavy rain expected until Wednesday with a 60 to 80 percent chance of rain, then from Thursday onwards there is a 30 percent chance of rain.”

There are several impacts associated with disruptive rainfall including flash flooding of low-lying areas, informal and formal settlements, difficult driving conditions, due to reduced visibility, and flooding of roads which can contribute to minor accidents and increased time period , also as disruption to essential services like power cuts, network issues, and interruption to water system in smaller towns.

Disaster Management has urged South Africans to be weather smart and to stay indoors and off the roads as much as possible.
Motorists in Gauteng have also been urged to require necessary precautions on the roads within the wet weather.

“A number of accidents are recorded and more are expected. We have also recorded several bumper bashes. That’s because of slippery, wet road conditions,” said Gauteng Traffic Police spokesperson Obed Sibasa

“We urge road users, drivers and pedestrians to wish it easy on the road. Reduce speed, keep a secure following distance, headlights on, avoid unnecessary travel. If compelling, give yourself extra journey time.”