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SAWS Warns of Impending Severe Weather for Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and Northern KZN

Published March 11, 2024
2 months ago

Residents of the Lowveld regions in South Africa, namely Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and parts of northern KwaZulu-Natal, are set to experience a spell of inclement weather as a tropical low bears down on the area. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has been vigilantly tracking the movement of a tropical low-pressure system situated in the Mozambique Channel and has issued weather advisories for the period between Tuesday and Thursday of this week.

The tropical low has been lurking between Mozambique and Madagascar, inciting heavy rains and thunderous downpours over Madagascar's eastern coastlines. Over the last few days, the trajectory of this atmospheric disturbance has raised concerns for the mainland, specifically for South Africa's northeastern regions.

Though surface winds have so far been moderate and have not caused any significant damage, SAWS emphasizes the potential of the system to deepen and intensify in the days to come. Residents in vulnerable areas are advised to prepare for a marked deterioration of weather conditions, as the combination of wind and rain could create challenging situations, including flooding and disruptions to daily activities.

The SAWS predicts that the path of the tropical low will see it make landfall in southern Mozambique near Xai-Xai by Wednesday, after which it is expected to curve inland, influencing weather in the adjoining South African territories. Monitoring of the system remains a high priority for SAWS, with updates and weather alerts to be made available to ensure the safety of the population and the mitigation of potential risks posed by the worsening weather conditions.

Understanding the underlying meteorological phenomena is crucial for residents in preparing adequately. A tropical low, or low-pressure system, is characterized by atmospheric conditions that encourage the ascension of air, leading to cloud formation and precipitation. This can manifest as anything from mild showers to severe thunderstorms, a pertinent reminder of the often unpredictable nature of such weather systems.

By staying informed, adhering to weather warnings, and acting proactively, communities can minimize the impact of this weather event. SAWS continues to be the authoritative voice on this development and will provide the necessary guidance and updates.

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