Cape Town sees weekend rainfall, but #DayZero continues to draw near

cape town rain table mountain cold fronts warrenski flickr

Cape Town may as well be in the middle of the Sahara desert right now. Actually, probably not. Because even the Sahara has seen some precipitation this year.

Many citizens rejoiced on social media upon hearing the news that a cold front — usually the weather phenomenon that brings rain to the area — was to brush through the Western Cape this past weekend.

Even the BBC reported on the rainfall due to hit the city.

And yes, it did rain.

But it didn’t perhaps bring the relief many were hoping for. SAWS reported that a minimal amount fell across the metropole.

That’s 5mm recorded in the Jonkershoek area — near the Wemmershoek and Berg River Dams — 19mm in Strand — near the Steenbras dams — and 12mm in Kirstenbosch. Elsewhere in the country however…

The Gariep Dam — South Africa’s largest reservoir in the southern Free State — saw 91mm of rain fall in a Sunday downpour. The drought-ridden Eastern Cape Also saw some welcome rainfall. All this while Cape Town continues to be hot, arid and in the middle of a summer that has lasted a little too long.

There is however a small chance that Cape Town will see some isolated thundershowers today or tomorrow, but the chance is slim.

The City of Cape Town has yet to issue its latest dam report, so we’re yet to see just how the weekend rainfall has affected Cape Town’s supply dams.

Feature image: warrenski via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0, resized)

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