The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a Yellow Level 2 warning for wind and waves on Thursday, 24 November. The warning key indicates there is a high likelihood of minor weather-based impacts.
WESTERN CAPE WEATHER WARNING
The weather warning is valid from 15:00 on Friday until midnight on Sunday, 27 November. Strong southerly to southeasterly winds of 50 to 60km winds are expected offshore between Alexander Bay and Cape Columbine from Friday afternoon.
When gusting, the winds could hit a top speed of 70km/h. It is expected to spread down to Hermanus on Saturday and Sunday.
“Along with the strong winds, wave heights of 3 to 4 metres are expected with short periods, which will lead to rough and choppy seas,” said the weather service.
The potential impact of the strong winds includes:
- Difficulty in navigating at sea.
- Small vessels and personal watercraft are at risk of taking on water and capsizing.
- Localised disruptions to the beachfront in False Bay are a possibility due to sand on the roads.
- Localised disruptions of small harbours and ports are a possibility.