The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a warning for disruptive rainfall and damaging waves for several areas of the Western Cape province.
The Western Cape experienced a hot and humid day on Monday, 3 May but that is about to change as the weather turns on Tuesday and ushers in rainfall starting during the early hours of Wednesday morning.
SAWS posted a warning on its website for areas from Oudtshoorn all along the coastline to Cape Agulhas, cautioning that small vessels could possibly be at risk of taking on water and capsizing.
“There is also a possibility of difficulty in navigation such as small vessels in short period and steep waves. Localised disruptions to beachfront activities such as closure of beaches for swimming can also be expected,” the post read.
A further warning of flooding and heavy rainfall for the same areas was also issued, starting on Wednesday, 5 May.
“Flooding of roads and settlements (formal and informal) can be expected. Damage to property, infrastructure can also be expected. Due to roads flooding, major disruption of traffic flow is likely. Disruption to essential services such as water and electricity supply as well as disruption to communications and schools activities can be expected.
“Mudslides rockfalls and soil erosion can also be expected with possible disruption due to sinkholes, potholes and blocked drainage systems,” read the warning on the website.
Temperatures in the Western Cape will drop to 12°C with highs of 17°C, and rain is expected to continue into the weekend.