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You asked for rain, Cape Town. And you’ve finally received it in bucket loads.
Just as June drew to a close, a strong cold front pushed its way across the Western Cape bringing with it stormy conditions to much of the province. Cape Town in particular saw torrential rain and flooding early Sunday, and bitterly cold temperatures into Monday morning.
Raining hard in Tamboerskloof Cape Town. Stay in doors because you will have to swim pic.twitter.com/3kPRpHmbyd
— Elaine Corbett (@ElaineCorbett7) July 1, 2018
Cape Town now, it is pouring with rain, 1st if July 📹Gerhard Söhnge @SAWeatherServic @maroelamedia @venter_annette @AfricaWeather_ @landbou @YouMagazine @netwet @JoelGuy_ @SABCNewsOnline @Die_NANB @TshwaneWeather @JoelGuy_ @TygerBurger @dieCourant @AgriWesKaap pic.twitter.com/83vyC7AcqB
— ReenvalSA (@ReenvalSA) July 1, 2018
— Anele Mfazwe 🇿🇦 (@mfazwe) July 1, 2018
Hailstorms were also prevalent in a few areas across the city.
— Rhiedwaan (@rhiedwaan) July 1, 2018
Cape Town – Boyes Drive: HAIL – Icy road surface in Muizenberg – proceed with caution pic.twitter.com/ECHIOPxNLw
— Rob Beezy (@TrafficSA) July 2, 2018
Snow also fell across the Western Cape and Eastern Cape’s tallest peaks.
Matroosberg snow at reception this morning pic.twitter.com/chHsvefh0x
— Snow Report SA (@SnowReportSA) July 2, 2018
— Norval Kriel (@TinyLally) July 2, 2018
There are now reports of efforts to rescue people trapped in snow on the Theronsberg between Ceres and Touwsriviers. Pic via Andries Douglas, Ceres. pic.twitter.com/e0P6zdUuGu
— Lester Kiewit (@lesterkk) July 2, 2018
Awesome snowfall on the Franschhoek mountains this morning pic.twitter.com/aj6yYPp0mg
— Rob Armstrong (@rambowine) July 2, 2018
— Kitty Viljoen (@KittyViljoen) July 2, 2018
Rainfall figures according to the South African Weather Service adds some context. Ceres, Villiersdorp, Grabouw, Jonkershoek, Strand and Ceres are all relatively near to some of the Western Cape’s largest dams, including the Wemmershoek, Theewaterskloof, and Steenbras.
Brilliant rainfall fig (02 July) recorded in the western parts of Western Cape over the last 24 hours. The majority of the region received about 30mm of rain.
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) July 2, 2018
And speaking of dams, as of 29 June, the combined level of Cape Town’s major dams stood slightly above 44%. That’ll likely see a substantial increase following this weekend’s weather.