Sunday, February 1, 2009

Rain in South Africa

South Africa have a summer and winter rainfall regions both of them get moderate rain fall during that season. I stay in the summer rainfall region that is coloured below in the map. The red parts of the map is indicating the winter rainfall regions.

During 2008 we had floods in the Cape regions and I was fortunate or unfortunate to witness it while we tour the Cape with the Highveld Youth and Children's Choir. The Cape can get nasty no wonder it was known as the Cape of Storms by Bartlomias Dias and Sr Vasco Degamas. These photos were taken on that tour and despite the weather we still had lots of fun in Cape Town.

In Mpumalnga we had about 200mm rain in the last two weeks this was taken just after we had a big thunder storm in Secunda on the 18th the small stream running through town looked like a river.


Safety During Storms

  • Never try to cross a bridge if water is flowing over it.
  • Never Hide under a tree if the there is lightning keep your feet together and stay away of high objects try not to touch metal objects. The safest place is in a Car.
  • The place in south Africa with the most lightning is the Highveld and particularly the Amsterdam and Piet Retief regions. This does not mean you must not visit these towns they are beautiful.
  • Do not go out to sea or a dam if the wheather is not good

You can get more information on weather and Forecasts for South Africa on

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We are having the summer rains here in Rio at the moment. Heavy thunderstorms most afternoons.