Extreme drought persists across SA

South Africa remains in the grip of its worst drought in decades. Last Thursday the South African Weather Service announced that 2015 was the driest year on record and it shows no sign of abating. Those records date back to 1904. To make matters worse health officials say 11 people[…]

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Another heatwave about to hit Cape Town

The Mother City is in for another heatwave this week, accompanied by a heightened risk of fires, the SA Weather Service warned on Friday. “People will feel uncomfortable,” said forecaster Carlton Fillis. “And it will be very difficult for firefighters to bring fires under control.” The heatwave, with humidity and[…]

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Extreme weather keeps WC firefighters on their toes

Extreme weather conditions have kept Western Cape firefighters on their feet for the past 10 days. “Shortly after the beginning of the new year, conditions have steadily worsened. High speed winds and very dry conditions are making areas particularly vulnerable to runaway fires,” said Western Cape Environmental Affairs MEC Anton[…]

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Cold, rainy weekend ahead

The South African Weather Service has said to expect cold conditions throughout the country on Friday, with rainfall expected over most provinces. Light showers are expected on and off in the northern parts of the country, including the North West, Gauteng and Mpumalanga. Rain is expected over the Western Cape on Friday,[…]

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Shack dwellers warned of rain, cold

Grace Gwada looks from the door of her Gugulethu shack towards the clouds on Table Mountain. “More rain is coming,” she predicts. “When the clouds look dark and angry, you can expect a heavy downpour. But it looks like the worst is over.” A cold front passed over the Mother[…]

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Capetonians brace themselves for rainy season

The first two days of June have brought with it a major cold front, which will only likely ease off at the end of the week. After a relatively dry autumn, Capetonians have been met with blustering winds and heavy rains, and in some parts of the peninsula, flooding has[…]

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Bad weather hampers AirAsia recovery mission

Stormy weather has forced Indonesian search teams to suspend the recovery of the bodies of 162 people aboard the ill-fated AirAsia plane which crashed into the Java Sea. Wednesday’s weather prevented divers from searching the crash zone for sunken remains, with waves of two to three metres high and strong[…]

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