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CAPE TOWN - The weather service has warned that heavy rain could lead to localised flooding in Cape Town.

Other extreme weather warnings include extremely high fire danger conditions over the Central Karoo, high seas with wave heights of between 6 and 9 metres and a storm surge along the coast into early Tuesday morning.

Forecaster Stella Nake said that wind was also a factor: "The pubic is advised that the gale force winds are expected between Cape Point and Plettenberg Bay as well as places like the Cape Metropol into the early hours of tomorrow morning."

Provincial Environmental Affairs spokesperson James-Brent Styan: "The first cold front for winter made landfall early this morning in Cape Town. It's brought some stormy, cold winds across large parts of the province. The South African Weather Services have advised that these conditions can be expected into much of the week, with snowfall also expected in the mountain passes within the interior of the province."

Meanwhile, the Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) said that their teams would be on high alert with temperatures expected to drop significantly as the cold front hit the country. Gauteng is bracing for maximum temperatures of between 15 and 18 degrees on Tuesday.

EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi urged residents to be cautious when using heating devices.

“We, therefore, want to encourage all our residents in the city to look after their heating devices and not to leave them unattended while in use so that we can able to prevent fire incidents, which might occur at home,” he said.

This article first appeared on EWN : CT residents warned of flooding as first winter cold front makes landfall

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