Cape Town and surrounds enjoyed a wet week in December

cape town december rainfall kirstenbosch mig gilbert flickr cc by sa

It might be December, but parts of the Western Cape had a particularly wet week according to rainfall figures released by the South African Weather Service on Friday.

From Wednesday through to Friday morning, certain high-lying areas of the Cape received notable precipitation.

Between 8am on Thursday and 8am Friday, Kirstenbosch, on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, received 46mm of rainfall. On Wednesday, it received an additional 2mm of rain.

Further inland, Wellington, Paarl, Ceres and Langebaan all received more than 10mm between Thursday and Friday morning.

November and December are generally sunny, dry months across the province, and see much less rainfall than the wetter mid-year winter period.

Read more: In graphs: we chart Cape Town’s rainfall in May, June and July 2018

The City of Cape Town notes that in November, Newlands — the suburb nearest to Kirstenbosch — receives 67mm of precipitation in on average.

No further rainfall is forecast for the rest of the week across Cape Town, but much of South Africa’s interior is experiencing hot and stormy weather. Richard’s Bay, on the Indian Ocean north of Durban, is also set to hit a high of 40°C on Friday.

At the time of writing, Cape Town’s dams are 69.8% full, falling a little more than 5% since the end of the rainy season.

Feature image: Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, by Mig Gilbert via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0, resized)

Andy Walker, former editor


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