Wet weather for Easter weekend

Sand River flowing. Photo: Clive Wright
Sand River flowing. Photo: Clive Wright
Lots of rain and strong winds have been forecast for Jeffreys Bay over the Easter weekend and motorists are urged to drive carefully when travelling.

A steep upper trough will develop along the west coast of SA between Thursday and Friday with a cold front passing through Port Elizabeth on late Thursday evening, followed by a surface high pressure system ridging in on Friday.

The upper trough then intensifies along the west coast, developing into a cut-off low by Saturday.

In the interim the surface high pressure system, will result in south easterly winds at low levels over the EC, while the cut-off low results in NW to NE winds at mid levels.

This will enhance the development of cloud and rainfall intensity.

An 80% chance of showers and thundershowers are forecasted over the western half of the Eastern Cape on Friday morning.

This will spread to the rest of the province during the day.

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There is a chances of showers and thundershowers between 80% and 100% for Saturday and Sunday, over the entire province.

synoptic chart 28 march 2013

Heavy rainfall, in excess of 50mm/24hrs is expected in the eastern parts of the EC during Friday evening, continuing into Saturday (east of Somerset East).

The cut-off low is expected to establish itself on the West Coast of SA on Sunday. This is expected to enhance rainfall in the western parts of the EC (west of Steylerville), with a possibility of heavy falls in places on Sunday, possibly continuing on Monday.

The first signs of clears will appear on Tuesday, with improvement gradually from the west.

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