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WC braces for latest cold front to make landfall

The Western Cape government said that disaster management centres across the province and emergency responders were on standby for the severe storm that's expected to make landfall later today.

FILE: Waves crash on Sea Point promenade near Mouille Point as a cold front creeps into Cape Town. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Disaster teams are on high alert across the province as severe weather has been forecast.

A cold front, coupled with gale-force winds, is expected to lash the Cape from Thursday.

The Western Cape government said that disaster management centres across the province and emergency responders were on standby for the severe storm that's expected to make landfall later today.

The storm is predicted to hit large parts of the province including Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, the Overberg and the West Coast.

It's expected to continue into Saturday.

The provincial Local Government Department's James-Brent Styan said that they were urging the public to stay indoors and avoid travelling.

"The South African Weather Services are advising that the storm will include heavy rain which will lead to localised flooding in certain low-lying areas, gale-force winds and we've seen what damage the strong winds can cause and very, very cold weather."

Styan said that residents must call the relevant disaster management entities if they needed assistance.

Meanwhile, Gauteng residents can also expect another day of strong winds.

The latest cold snap won't spare Gauteng, with temperatures expected to drop significantly in the province over the weekend.

In Vereeniging and Johannesburg, the mercury will go below zero.

The Weather Service's Mbavhi Maliage: "In the next couple of days starting from today in the afternoon and going into the evening, wind speeds will again increase because ahead of the storm, we are expecting stronger winds to affect us again."

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