Update: SAWS issues weather warnings for Cape Town this weekend

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Update, 11am, 25 August: The South African Weather Service has upgraded the weather watches to warnings in place across a large swathe of the Western Cape and the Cape Town urban area.

“Western Cape Watches upgraded to Warnings for this weekend (25-26 August 2018),” it tweeted late Friday.

“This include disruptive snowfall for the mountainous regions, localised flooding for the south-western Cape, gale force winds and very cold conditions.”

Original article: The South African Weather Service (SAWS) and the Western Cape Government have both issued a weather watch for the province this weekend.

“Some interesting weather expected this weekend in the Western Cape,” tweeted SAWS late Thursday, as the result of a cold front.

Said “interesting” weather conditions will include “strong and gusty north-westerly winds” from “Saturday late morning into Sunday”. This includes wind speeds in excess of 60km/h around Cape Town’s metropolitan area, and 45km/h over the interior.

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“Heavy rain leading to localised flooding” is also expected to hit on Saturday “afternoon into Sunday morning”.

On Sunday, “disruptive snow” is expected to fall early Sunday, while wave heights are set to exceed six metres around the same time.

Read a more verbose version of the advisory below.

The Western Cape Government has also warned of “possible severe weather” this weekend.

SAWS explained that the above remains a watch for now, but if the “system stays on track then the watches will be upgraded to warnings”.

Feature image: screenshot, @SAWeatherServic via Twitter

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