Expect Severe Thunderstorms Across SA, RTMC Warns

Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has called for cautious driving across South Africa citing severe thunderstorms with hail and heavy downpours.

RTMC says severe, rough, harsh and stormy weather will spread across the country. 

As such, the Road Traffic Management Corporation urged motorists and public transport drivers to be cautious on the roads stressing that “unfavorable weather conditions are set to spread throughout the country.”

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RTMC in a media statement said:

“Roads traveling were hindered in coastal provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape following snow fall on Monday. Multiple collisions were reported in many parts of these provinces.

Thunderstorms and rainy conditions are expected to spread inland from Tuesday to Thursday. The South African Weather Services is predicting severe thunderstorms with hail and heavy downpours over Gauteng in the coming days.

The RMTC warns motorists there may be delays on the roads as a result of rainy weather which generally tends to affect traffic lights and visibility.

Motorists are urged to keep their lights on, increase the following distances and reduce speed during wet weather conditions. It would advisable for those wishing to be on time for work to travel earlier than usual to avoid delays.

Motorists should also avoid driving during severe thunderstorms and heavy downpours as roads become slippery and visibility becomes poor”

Meanwhile, South African Weather Service said a cut-off low is causing the adverse weather conditions over the greater parts of South Africa.

“A cut-off low has developed over the western parts of the country and a surface high pressure is extending into the eastern and north-eastern parts.

Significant amounts of rain have already been reported… Due to a significant drop in freezing levels, snowfalls have already been reported in places over the south-western parts of KwaZulu-Natal and north-eastern parts of the Eastern Cape, with significant amounts in some places and reports of road closures.

The cut-off low is expected to intensify over the western parts of the country…

This will result in further cold to very cold, wet and windy conditions over most parts of the country. Showers, rain and thundershowers are expected over the central north-eastern and eastern parts of the country, spreading to the southern parts.

Heavy rainfall, leading to localised flooding, is expected over the central and south-eastern parts of the country as well as over the southern parts of the Western Cape.

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Snowfalls are expected to continue over the eastern and south-eastern interior, with some light snowfalls on the eastern mountains of the Western Cape,” South African Weather Service related.

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