Cape Town sees rain, floods and snow in one crazy weekend of weather

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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.

THE LATEST: After the storm, Cape Town’s dam levels are now at 48.3%

Hailstorms were also prevalent in a few areas across the city.

Snow also fell across the Western Cape and Eastern Cape’s tallest peaks.

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.

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.

Andy Walker, former editor


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