Severe Weather Alert: Level 6 Warnings Issued for Areas in SA

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Extreme weather alerts have been issued for gale-force winds, thundershowers, and rough sea conditions in South Africa. The Western and Eastern Cape have been placed on high alert by disaster management teams after the South African Weather Service (Saws) issued warnings for damaging waves, severe thunderstorms, and gale-force winds. Coastal areas along the Garden Route and the Western Cape coastline between Cape Agulhas and Plettenberg Bay are expected to be particularly affected. Flash floods are also a possibility, and disaster management teams are on standby. Events have been cancelled, and vulnerable communities have been alerted to the extreme weather conditions.

In Gqeberha, along the Eastern Cape coastline, disruptive rain has been given an Orange Level 5 warning, and damaging winds are expected. The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has advised the cancellation of all outside events and has placed operational staff and infrastructure teams on standby. The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has also appealed for caution, urging people to stay inside, not drive, and avoid going to sea unless necessary. Seafarers are advised to wear life jackets, and coastal hikers, anglers, paddlers, and bathers should stay away from rough seas.

The cold front associated with the extreme weather will bring widespread thundershowers and rain to parts of the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, and southern Free State. Severe thunderstorms may cause flash flooding in the Western Cape, Northern Cape, and western areas of the Eastern Cape. Gale-force winds, rough seas of up to six meters, and even possible snowfall are expected along the Western Cape and Eastern Cape coasts. The southern parts of the Western and Eastern Cape may experience heavy rainfall and gale-force winds. The cold front is expected to move away from the country on Tuesday.

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