Cape Town: 41 informal settlements flooded, more than 2,200 people affected

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The City of Cape Town has announced that all its departments remain on high alert as adverse weather conditions persist throughout the city. Charlotte Powell, the spokesperson for the City's Disaster Risk Management, reported that they continue to coordinate responses and assess the impacts of the ongoing weather situation. "Based on information fl...

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Deadly tornadoes tear through South Africa

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At least 11 people have died, and over 50 others are injured after tornadoes swept through parts of KwaZulu-Natal, a coastal province in South Africa, on Monday, authorities reported. The severe storms caused significant destruction, particularly in the town of Tongaat in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Video footage from the affected areas shows debris fr...

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Tropical Storm Filipo nears Mozambique, threatening SA – thunderstorms, flooding and heatwave also expected

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Impact of Tropical Storm Filipo on South Africa The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has provided insights into the potential impacts of Tropical Storm Filipo on the region. According to deterministic Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models from various sources, it's likely that the bulk of heavy rainfall, especially on Monday and Tuesday, wi...

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Western Cape goes wet and windy as cold front makes landfall

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The South African Weather Service has released a yellow level 3 warning, signaling disruptive rainfall that may lead to potential flooding in the south-western areas of the Western Cape. During the afternoon and into Friday, the presence of damaging waves will make navigation at sea between Alexander Bay and Plettenberg Bay challenging. A distinct ...

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Intense cold front to hit parts of SA this week

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South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a warning to residents of South Africa about an approaching cold front that is set to reach the west coast on Thursday, bringing with it intense weather conditions. The impact of the cold front is expected to be felt in the southern high-lying areas of the Namakwa region in the Northern Cape and the i...

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Cool and cold across SA, with fog in several regions

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The South African Weather Service predicts cool temperatures nationwide on Monday, with fog occurring in various areas.  Here is the regional weather forecast: Gauteng: Fine and cool with a high UVB sunburn index.Mpumalanga: Fine and cool to cold, partly cloudy in the east, becoming cloudy in the evening with fog patches.Limpopo: Warm in the e...

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UN Warns Developing El Niño Could Seriously Add to Warming Woes in 2024

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The United Nations warned Wednesday of a growing likelihood the weather phenomenon El Niño will develop in coming months, fueling higher global temperatures and possibly new heat records. The UN's World Meteorological Organization said it now estimated there was a 60 percent chance that El Niño would develop by the end of July, and an 80 percent ch...

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Why its raining so much globally

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It was a seemingly typical day on January 15, 2022, until the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted, unleashing a cataclysmic chain of events that shook the world. The Pacific island nation of Tonga has virtually lost contact with the rest of the world after Saturday's volcanic eruption cut the country's Internet cable. That eruption sent a tsu...

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Extreme high fire risks in parts of South Africa

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The South African Weather Service has issued a warning of extremely high fire danger conditions in the Northern Cape and Western Cape. The following local municipalities are expected to experience these conditions: Dawid Kruiper, Kai !Garib, !Kheis, Siyathemba, and Kareeberg in the Northern Cape, and the Central Karoo District Municipality in the W...

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Warm conditions in most provinces

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The South African Weather Service has issued an extremely high fire danger warning for the central parts of the Northern Cape due to the dry and hot weather conditions prevailing in the region. Moving to Gauteng, the province will experience fine and warm weather conditions today. The expected UVB sunburn index is very high, which means that people...

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Partly cloudy and warm across the country

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The South African Weather Service predicts that Tuesday will be a partly cloudy and warm day across most regions of the country. In Gauteng, the day is expected to be partly cloudy and warm, with the UVB sunburn index rated as extreme. Residents are advised to take necessary precautions to protect themselves from the harmful effects of the sun. Ear...

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Cool and rainy conditions

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On Thursday, the South African Weather Service predicts cool temperatures and thundershowers in several provinces. The UVB sunburn index is expected to be extreme. In Gauteng, the weather will be partly cloudy and warm with isolated afternoon showers and thundershowers. The Mpumalanga Lowveld will be hot and partly cloudy, with cool to warm tempera...

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Thunderstorms expected in most provinces

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As per the South African Weather Service, the country is expected to experience warm and partly cloudy weather on Wednesday. Here is the weather forecast for your region: Gauteng: Cool and partly cloudy, with isolated thundershowers expected in the south during the afternoon.Mpumalanga Lowveld: Fine and hot.Limpopo: Partly cloudy and warm to hot, w...

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A cold front to hit Western cape amid thunder showers

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Residents of the Western Cape in South Africa have been advised to brace themselves for an upcoming cold front, according to the South African Weather Service (SAWS). The SAWS has predicted that the western regions of the province will experience rain on Tuesday as the cold front approaches. In addition, the weather agency has also issued a warning...

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Weather warning for heavy rain, flooding for parts of Mpumalanga, Limpopo

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The South African Weather Service has issued a yellow level 2 warning for heavy rain leading to localized flooding for parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Impact-based warnings: A yellow level 2 Warning for disruptive rainfall resulting in heavy downpour leading to localized flooding of susceptible roads, informal settlements and low lying bridges are...

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3 Dead in Eastern Cape floods & KwaZulu-Natal to experience severe thunderstorms with large HAIL

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Three people have died and hundreds are being sheltered after heavy rain lashed the Eastern Cape this week. The Daily Dispatch reported that residents in flood-prone Port St Johns had to scramble to safety on Thursday. Videos on social media showed schoolchildren and residents wading through flooded areas on their way home, while several cars were ...

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African nations consider swapping debt for climate funding

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African countries saddled with debt and ravaged by losses and damages from weather events like cyclones, drought and extreme temperatures have agreed to consider swapping debt to invest in climate action in a meeting of finance ministers in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The "debt-for-climate swap" option is an economic tool that allows a count...

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Cloudy and warm conditions expected across the country

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It will be a cloudy start to Friday, with conditions expected to warm up throughout the day, according to the South African Weather Service. The following fire danger warning has been issued: Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the central and northern parts of the Northern Cape and the Kannaland Municipality of the Western Cape...

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Warm day, with strong wind in parts of Western Cape

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The South African Weather Service  has issued a yellow level 2 warning for damaging winds between Saldanha Bay and Cape Agulhas in the afternoon, spreading to Plettenberg Bay by evening. Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the Khai-Ma Municipality in the Northern Cape. An intense cold front is expected to affect the Western...

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Hurricane Freddy returns with a bang

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Tropical storm Freddy is due to hit the coast of southern Africa again late Friday or early Saturday after killing at least 21 people in Mozambique and Madagascar when it first made landfall last month. One of the strongest storms ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, Freddy may also have broken the world record as the longest-lasting tropical ...

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