Gauteng residents need to prepare for extremely low temperatures this weekend. The South African Weather Service has also warned that thunderstorms with strong and gusty winds can be expected on Saturday and Sunday.
Weather forecaster Wayne Venter says there may also be local flooding in some parts of the province.
“We are looking at maximum temperatures from low to mid-teens today and mostly cloudy, especially this morning and afternoon. In the afternoon, isolated storms are possible, especially in the East Rand and the southern areas of Gauteng. So we have the possibility of more isolated storms. Then for tomorrow we are still waiting for this cold weather to continue and we are expecting good rains, mostly late in the morning but especially later in the evening in Gauteng, ”Venter says.
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Meanwhile, the Johannesburg emergency services say they are on high alert to respond to fire incidents.
An extraordinary cold front is expected to hit the city this weekend, and residents are urged to use all heating appliances safely.
Johannesburg-based EMS spokesman Robert Mulawdi says disaster relief teams are already deployed in high-risk areas.
“For our part, as the city of Johannesburg, we will remain ready to monitor all seven regions of the city, especially our informal settlements. As we know these are our vulnerable parts, especially because of the heaters they use. We have also stepped up our disaster relief monitoring teams, they will monitor all seven districts of the city to make sure we can take part in any emergencies that may occur in all seven districts of the city, ”Mulawdi said.
🌧️Border low pressure is visible on the satellite this morning (May 21, 2022). Today, heavy rains and thunderstorms are possible in the east of the SA along the coast of KZN and adjacent inland areas. Please beware. pic.twitter.com/FmPUH3Kgrc
– SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) May 21, 2022