The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued an alert for severe thunderstorms over the north-eastern interior part of the Eastern Cape. Forecaster Garth Sampson says there is a 100% chance of up to 25mm thunderstorms over the Port Elizabeth area.
The alert comes as repairs to damaged infrastructure continue throughout the province. The closure of the N2 highway between Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth remains an issue of concern. The road has a hole across both lanes; however, a detour is being constructed.
Considering that the ground is still saturated, any rainfall is going to cause runoff at the moment and people in low-lying areas have been urged to take extra care.
Meanwhile, the province’s Transport and Public Works MEC, Thandiswa Marawu, says efforts are being made to repair strategic roads ahead of the festive season.
Earlier this morning, the Weather Service reported that a mostly rainy week is in store for most of the country, although the Western and Northern Cape can expect fine and dry weather. Temperatures are expected to be slightly cooler, not exceeding 30 degrees anywhere.