Thunderstorm warning issued for Gauteng, Limpopo, North West

SA Weather Service says there is a 60% chance of down pours in parts of the provinces throughout Monday.

FILE: Flooding in parts of Johannesburg. Picture: iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Weather Service has sent out a warning of thunderstorms in Gauteng, south western Limpopo, the western highveld of Mpumalanga, the eastern parts of the North West and the northern Free State.

It says there is a 60% chance of down pours in parts of the province throughout Monday and going into the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Dozens of homes have been destroyed by heavy rains which lashed Gauteng last week, leaving at least seven people dead and hundreds displaced.

Weather forecaster Wayne Venter said: “There’s a 60% chance of thundershower for Monday for Gauteng and also a watch for a possibility of severe thunderstorms this afternoon into the evening.”

Johannesburg Emergency Services spokesperson Nana Radebe said: “The emergency services are on standby and if anything happens people can call us on 10177 from a landline or 112 from a cellphone. Those who are driving, please don’t cross on flooded roads.”