Johannesburg weather update: Alerts issued for severe storms and flooding

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued Yellow Warnings today for storms Johannesburg and other parts of the country.

Johannesburg weather update

Joburg storm: Alerts issued on Monday, 5 October

The South African Weather Service shared several alerts for severe storms with the risk of localised flooding and hail for part of Johannesburg. The alert will be in effect from 14:00 to 23:00 SAST.

The first alert was issued just after noon: “Thunderstorm Warning for [Gauteng]. High likelihood of Minor impacts to occur this afternoon and evening (05 October 2020)”. As per a second alert:

“Severe storm moving to Joburg. Yellow Warning remains in effect [until] late evening. Hail and heavy rain possible”.

In a third alert, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) warns that impacts include localised flooding, large amounts of small hail and isolated large hail events, as well as reduced visibility.

Johannesburg road closures

Due to wet weather conditions and reduced visibility across large parts of Johannesburg, motorists are urged to reduce speed, increase following distance and turn on headlights.

We’ll share updates pertaining to road closures here as it becomes available.

Road safety

If you happen to be on the road during a thunder or lightning storm, adhere to the rules of the road at all times. Heavy rain creates dangerous road conditions and it is advised to pull over and find shelter if possible.

In addition, pooling on roads causes slippery conditions. Severe thunderstorms bring strong winds, heavy rainfall, hail, urban flooding, visibility of hail and severe lightning.

If you do pull over, remember to turn the engine off and keep your hazard lights on to warn other motorists that your vehicle is stationary. It’s a myth that your rubber tyres offer protection from a lightning strike so ensure that you don’t touch anything metal inside the car.

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Alerts issued for other provinces

In addition to Gauteng, the Yellow Warning was also issued for the eastern parts of the North West, south-western parts of Limpopo and the highveld region of Mpumalanga.

“Yellow Thunderstorm Warning for [Gauteng], parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga and the eastern NW province”.

Stay up to date with the latest weather forecasts in all provinces by viewing our reports, here.

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