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Hail, thunderstorms, AND gales now set to hit FIVE provinces this afternoon

After revealing that ‘severe thunderstorms’ were on their way to Gauteng this afternoon, the SA Weather Service (SAWS) has also confirmed that similar conditions will be heading for FIVE provinces in total.


Gauteng, North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and Free State have all been issued with a yellow Level 2 weather warning from 15:00 on Thursday 7 October, which will be in place until 23:00 this evening. Subsequent rain showers will persist through to Friday morning, but the wildest weather will only occur this evening.

Amongst the unsettled conditions, ‘large amounts of small hail’ and ‘damaging winds’ are threatening to wreak havoc across a majority of provinces in Mzansi. Flooded roads, difficult driving conditions, and a possible threat to livestock have all been raised as a cause for concern by SAWS.


In a statement issued earlier on Thursday afternoon, the weather agency revealed that North West and Free State would be the first to feel the force of this front, before it makes its way to Limpopo and Mpumalanga via Gauteng – and you can see a more detailed forecast for the latter of these provinces here.

“Severe thunderstorms may occur over a large area today (Thursday 07 October 2021). Expected to develop over parts of the North West and Free State spreading to Gauteng, parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga during this evening.”

“This weather pattern will continue overnight, and into tomorrow morning. Strong to damaging winds, large amounts of small hail, and heavy downpours leading to localised flooding are also expected.”

Thursday to be the coldest day in Joburg since snowfall in 2012

Joburgers are warned to brace themselves as Thursday is expected to be the coldest day since the snowfall in 2012 due to a strong cold front with near-polar air.


The South African Weather Service (SAWS) said the cold weather is expected to hit Gauteng on Thursday.

Temperatures are going to drop a lot in Gauteng from Thursday. Maximum temperatures will be very low, with Johannesburg only reaching a high of 7°C on Thursday.

Friday morning will be an icy morning, -3°C is expected for Johannesburg.

This comes after SAWS has warned of snow and cold weather over the Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces.

Disruptive snowfalls were expected in many of the higher mountain regions of the Cape provinces when a second cold front made landfall on Wednesday.

Farmers and citizens were advised to take the necessary precautions ahead of the expected cold snap and to ensure that livestock and pets have sufficient shelter and water.

A Yellow Level 2 warning for snow, leading to difficult driving conditions over the southern parts of the Free State, is in place for Thursday.

A Yellow Level 4 warning for disruptive snowfall is expected over Lootsberg, Wapadsberg, Penhoek, Outeniqua, Nico Malan, Winterberg, and gravel road passes in Tsitsikamma, Outeniqua, and Baviaanskloof on Thursday.

Other Yellow Level 4 warnings have been issued this week:

One is in place for flooding in Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, and Overberg on Wednesday, and another has been declared for torrential rain between Plettenberg Bay & Fish River on Thursday.




Weather update: Alerts issued for severe storms, flooding on 25 March

The South African Weather Service warned of heavy rain and flooding in the south-eastern parts of Gauteng on Thursday, 25 March 2021.

Here’s what you need to know.


The news was also shared on the Gauteng Weather Twitter account, who warned Johannesburg residents that a warning had been issued for Thursday.

At the time of publishing, the alert stipulated the “possibility of disruptive rainfall and localised flooding in south-eastern Gauteng”.

In addition, the weather service’s daily forecast shows a wet a stormy day ahead as heavy rainfall is expected in all major regions: Johannesburg, Vereeniging, Pretoria to Springs and Hammanskraal.

A time frame has not been specified for the alerts, but we will update this article if and when more information becomes available.




We will include alerts issued for other provinces in this section, if and when such information is made available.


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, so it is advised to pull over and find shelter if possible.

In addition, pooling on roads causes slippery conditions. Moreover, 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 but 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.

Weather warning for today.

Warning from South African Weather Services
Yellow level 2 Warning for Disruptive Rain is expected over the north-eastern parts of the Northern Cape, the north-western parts of the Free State, western and southern parts of the North West Province and the southern and central parts of Gauteng which may result in localized flooding of susceptible roads,low lying areas and bridges and difficult driving conditions.


Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in South Africa Failing to evacuate flooded areas or entering flood waters can lead to injury or death.

Floods may:

  • Result from rain, storm surges and overflows of dams and other water systems.
  • Develop slowly or quickly. Flash floods can come with no warning.
  • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings and create landslides.


  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
    • Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.
  • Depending on the type of flooding:
    • Evacuate if told to do so.
    • Move to higher ground or a higher floor.
    • Stay where you are.



  • Make a plan for your household, including your pets, so that you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what you will need to protect yourselves from flooding and COVID-19.
  • Build a “Go Kit” of the supplies you will need if you have to quickly evacuate your home.
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters.


  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
  • If your car is trapped in rapidly moving water stay inside. If water is rising inside the car get on the roof.
  • If trapped in a building go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Only get on the roof if necessary and once there signal for help.

Be Safe

  • Listen to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Avoid driving except in emergencies.
  • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.
  • Avoid wading in floodwater, which can be contaminated and contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water. There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted through water; however, you should avoid contact with floodwaters.
  • Continue taking steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, such as washing your hands often and cleaning commonly touched surfaces with disinfecting products.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.

Weather warning for Ekurhuleni

  • ALERT: The SA Weather Service had issued warning for DISRUPTIVE RAIN!!
  • POTENTIAL THREATS: – Heavy rain – Damaging winds
  • WHEN: Monday, 22 February 2021
  • WHERE: Johannesburg & Surrounding Areas
  • TIME: 10:30-14:00

We have all experienced the sudden unexpected downpour of rain.

The following tips may be helpful for drivers who have to face a heavy rainstorm on the road.

General Tips :

  • Increase the three- second rule to 5-6 seconds to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you.
  • If it is raining and the roads are wet, slow down. Take your foot off the accelerator and let your speed drop gradually.
  • Never use the brakes suddenly because this may cause the car to skid.
  • If you find that an oncoming vehicle is overtaking from the opposite direction and will not be likely to do it safely, slow down and be prepared to move to the left shoulder if necessary.
  • Only move towards the shoulder if you are able to see clearly 150m ahead of you. Keep in mind that pedestrians may be walking on the shoulder to avoid the mud next to the surface of the road.
  • Beware of oil patches. Don’t panic. Do not jam on your brakes, just steer through. In most cases, the patches will be small.
  • Always change to a lower gear before you take a bend, especially a sharp bend. Your speed should be at its slowest as you enter the bend and both your hands should be on the steering wheel. This slow in/fast out technique gives you most control when driving around a bend.
  • Increase your space cushion by doubling your normal following distance from 3 seconds to 6 seconds.
  • Turn on your headlights.
  • Be careful of other vehicles to the rear and in blind spot areas as they are especially difficult to see through rain-spattered windows.
  • Use your low-beam headlights to see and be seen. Wait a short time after the rain begins before using your windshield wipers because the blades may smear.
  • Be extra careful during the first half hour after rain begins. Grime and oil on the road surface mix with water to make the road slippery.

Weather warnings in place for five provinces ‘Hail, floods… and flying debris’

It’s going to be a miserable Tuesday for many provinces in SA, after Yellow L2 weather warnings painted a grim picture for Gauteng and its neighbours.

It’s not often the South African Weather Service (Saws) will issue warnings quite like these. The experts have predicted Tuesday will be a tumultuous day for those in the northerly and eastern regions of Mzansi, with five provinces – including Gauteng – set for a lashing from the forecast thunderstorms.


A Yellow L2 weather warning was issued earlier this morning. This will be in force from 11:00 onwards. The storms are set to make landfall just before midday, persisting throughout the first few hours of Tuesday afternoon, in these regions:

  • North West (far east)
  • Gauteng (all)
  • Free State (north-east)
  • Mpumalanga (southern Highveld)
  • KwaZulu-Natal (north-west)


It’s not just the threat of heavy downpours and localised flooding that has Saws spooked, however. They believe this latest bout of extreme weather has the potential to damage infrastructure, cause carnage within settlements, and even create ‘flying debris’ once the winds pick up.

Gauteng, which was battered severely by the wild conditions reported on Friday, must face the fury of Mother Nature once more over the next 12-24 hours. We will bring you updates on the storms and their projected impact throughout the day.

“A Yellow L2 warning has been issued for severe thunderstorms that can result in possible hail leading to localized damage to vehicles, damaging winds, and heavy downpours that may result in localized flooding with damage to infrastructure and settlements (formal and informal) as well as localized injuries due to flying debris.”

“This is likely to occur over the extreme east of North West, north-eastern Free State, Gauteng, southern Highveld of Mpumalanga as well as northern and north-western parts of KwaZulu-Natal.”

Saws weather warning for Tuesday 24 November

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