Stormy seas batter Western Cape coast as cold front hits
Stormy seas batter Western Cape coast as cold front hits Copyright : Brian Jackson (

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Wild seas and strong winds took their toll on beaches, roads, and infrastructure along the Western Cape coast on Monday as a cold front hit the region…

After battling a cold front last week, the region was hit with more gale force winds, rain and rough tides.

On Monday morning, the South African Weather Service issued warnings about high seas with wave heights between 6-12m expected between Lambert’s Bay and Plettenberg Bay, spreading to Port Alfred, subsiding from the west on Tuesday.

Gale force winds

Gale to strong gale force north-westerly to westerly winds (65-100km/h) expected along the coast between Cape Columbine and Cape Agulhas spreading to Port Alfred, as well as over the interior of the Western Cape, the Karoo Hooogland of the Northern Cape, southern parts of the Free State and the western parts of the Eastern Cape.

Storm surge is expected between Cape Columbine and Plettenberg Bay, persisting into Tuesday morning.

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Rain and snow

Heavy rain leading to flooding is expected over the Cape Metropole, western parts of the Cape Winelands and western parts of the Overberg District of the Western Cape.

Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the western and central parts of the Eastern Cape.

Disruptive snowfalls expected over the high lying ground of the Western Cape as well as the south-western and southern high lying ground of the Northern Cape, spreading eastwards later.


Very cold conditions are expected in places over the high-lying areas of the Namakwa District (N.Cape), south Free State, as well as the norther interior of the Eastern Cape until Tuesday and Western Cape high ground on Monday and Tuesday.

Take a look at some of the images from the Western Cape and other parts of the country:




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