Destructive floods hit Eastern Cape, South Africa

Destructive floods hit Eastern Cape, South Africa

Heavy rains affecting South Africa's Eastern Cape on January 8 and 9, 2022, have left several people dead and scores displaced. The floods affected areas of Mthatha, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, the township of Mdantsane, and areas of East London,…

Severe hailstorm hits Klerksdorp, South Africa

Severe hailstorm hits Klerksdorp, South Africa

A severe hailstorm hit the city of Klerksdorp, South Africa's North West Province on November 25, 2021, causing widespread damage. The storm flooded roads and damaged the roofs of many homes and businesses.1 This is the third destructive hailstorm to hit South…

Severe damage after cricket ball-sized hail hits Lydenburg, South Africa

Severe damage after cricket ball-sized hail hits Lydenburg, South Africa

A severe hailstorm classified by the South African Weather Service (SAWS) as a superstorm, hit the town of Lydenburg in Thaba Chweu Local Municipality, Mpumalanga highveld during the afternoon hours of Sunday, November 14, 2021. Some of the hailstones were larger…

Hour-long hailstorm kills hundreds of ostriches in Aberdeen, South Africa

Hour-long hailstorm kills hundreds of ostriches in Aberdeen, South Africa

An intense, hour-long hailstorm hit parts of the Eastern Cape on October 28, 2021, leaving at least 450 ostriches and other livestock dead on a farm in the district of Aberdeen. "I’m 54 years old and I have never experienced a storm quite as severe as…

Rare snowfall in South Africa caused by intense cold front

Rare snowfall in South Africa caused by intense cold front

An intense cold front associated with a steep upper-air trough affecting parts of South Africa from August 26 to 30, 2021, brought heavy rains, disruptive snow, and cold temperatures.1 The front lashed Western Cape before moving to other parts of South Africa,…

Rare Level 5 warning for disruptive snow issued for parts of South Africa

Rare Level 5 warning for disruptive snow issued for parts of South Africa

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a rare Orange Level 5 warning for disruptive snow over the Drakensberg regions for June 2, 2021, with mountain passes expected to be closed. A Yellow level 2 warning for disruptive rain is expected over extreme…