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Joy as Cape Town finally gets some rain

The city is in the grips of a drought, which has seen dam levels drop steadily over the past few months.

Picture: freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - Rains on Friday morning have brought some much-needed relief for Cape Town, but it's not enough to ease water restrictions.

The city is in the grips of a drought, which has seen dam levels drop steadily over the past few months.

Forecaster Thabisile Ntleko says the wet weather will clear over the next few hours.

“We are expecting some on-and-off showers for today, clearing from the west from the early evening."

Some Capetonians have shared their excitement via social media:

We are SO grateful for the beautiful rain that Cape Town is receiving this morning 🌧💦 #happiness #rain #flowers #quoteoftheday #florist #capetown

Posted by Fabulous Flowers on Thursday, 26 January 2017

Posted by Gideon Nel on Thursday, 26 January 2017

Posted by Lorraine Goliath on Thursday, 26 January 2017

DAM LEVELS

Dam levels have dropped below 40%, while the the average water consumption was 80 million litres above this target.

The City says level 3B restrictions come as a result of the severe drought that is being experienced and the repeated failure to reach the intended water savings target of 800 million litres of collective water use per day.

The City says it will be very difficult to extract the remaining 10% of a dam’s capacity.

The new water restrictions will come into effect on 1 February.

Residents can report water wastage via email or visit the City’s website for more information.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)