Strong winds, potential flooding, and even the odd bit of ‘flying debris’ can be expected in Gauteng and its neighbouring provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga this weekend – after yellow Level 2 weather warnings for severe thunderstorms were issued.
Level 2 weather warnings for Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga
The SA Weather Service has had its hands full this week: They’ve had to issue alerts for snow in the Eastern Cape, and possible flooding in KZN – but now they’ve got three other provinces to think about: Gauteng, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga are set for something of a deluge.
These Level 2 weather warnings come into effect from the early hours of Saturday 21 May, and will remain in place for the whole day. In some parts of Mpumalanga, the cumulative rainfall totals could reach 50mm.
“Severe thunderstorms are expected as a result of a cut-off low pressure system, producing strong winds, large amounts of hail, and heavy downpours. Up to 40mm of rain is expected, but this could rise to 50mm along the escarpment of Mpumalanga.”SAWS forecast
Flooding and property damage ‘possible’
Although Level 2 weather warnings aren’t high up on SAWS’ scale, they are still significant enough to put local communities on high alert. Areas with low-lying bridges and easily-flooded roads have been told to prepare for the worst – and that includes incidences of ‘flying debris’:
“Localised flooding of susceptible roads and low-lying bridges as a result of this rainfall is possible. You can expect difficult driving conditions due to wet roads and water pooling, localised damage to settlements, and possible incidents of flying debris.”SAWS forecast
- You can view the full weather forecast for Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga this weekend here:
Yellow level 2 warning for severe thunderstorms for parts of Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga for tomorrow (Saturday 21 May 2022). pic.twitter.com/nVXc7DdEHM— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) May 20, 2022