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  Stormy weather possible over central and eastern South Africa this festive weekend into Christmas and Day of Goodwill 23 to 26 December 2023 22 December 2023
  Media information: Tips and need-to-know information when visiting the Western Cape this festive season 14 December 2023
  Widespread heavy rain this weekend and early next week (10 to 12 December) 8 December 2023
  Heat wave conditions break records in places over South Africa 30 November 2023
  Severe thunderstorms wreak havoc over the northeastern areas of the country 14 November 2023
  African NMHSs called upon to prioritise the plight of citizens in hazardous weather-prone continent 1 November 2023
  Wet and bitterly cold conditions arriving over southern, central, and eastern South Africa (28 October to 1 November) 27 October 2023
  Heads of meteorological services across Africa and beyond gather in Sandton for pertinent capacity building programme as the continent grapples with hazardous climate and weather 20 October 2023
  Heavy rain and storms over Western and Eastern Cape this weekend (21 - 22 October 2023) 20 October 2023
  Intense Spring cut-off low expected to affect large parts of South Africa from Saturday to Tuesday (23-26 September 2023) 21 September 2023
  First Spring thunderstorms cause widespread wind damage 20 September 2023
  Storm surge wreaks havoc along the South African coastline 18 September 2023
  Confirmation of EF-1 Landspout near Morningstar Airfield, Cape Farms on 25 August 2023 28 August 2023
  Confirmation of EF-0 Landspout over Hanover Park on 25 August 2023 25 August 2023
  A strong cold front and cut-off low expected to affect the Cape provinces this weekend, 28-30 July 2023 27 July 2023
  Further wintry weather for the latter half of this week 18 July 2023
  SNOWFALL IN GAUTENG DUE TO INTENSE UPPER TROUGH SYSTEM The South African Weather Service confirms the observed snow over Gauteng 10 July 2023
  An update on the widespread snow and very cold conditions 8 July 2023
  A cold, wet and windy weekend expected 6 July 2023
  Confirmation of EF -1 Landspout over Koperfontein on 4 June 2023 28 June 2023
  Landspout event in the Inanda and Phoenix area of KwaZulu-Natal on 27 June 2023 28 June 2023
  SNOWFALL IN THE EASTERN CAPE AND VERY COLD TEMPERATURES ACROSS SOUTH AFRICA THIS WEEK 28 June 2023
  Very cold wet and windy weather to persist over the Cape provinces in the week ahead 13 June 2023
  Late Autumn cut-off low to bring widespread showers and thundershowers to central, southern and western parts of South Africa from Sunday 26 May 2023
  Heavy rainfall and flooding for parts of Eastern Cape this weekend 12 May 2023
  Widespread cold and wet weather for the Cape provinces from Thursday, 11 May 2023 9 May 2023
  Statement on hoax weather video doing the rounds 11 April 2023
  Weather Forecast for the Easter long weekend 5 April 2023
  SAWS commemorates World Meteorological Day 2023 following an eventful weather year in South Africa 23 March 2023
  WEATHER BALLOONS OVER THE KAROO – MEASURING IMPORTANT POLLUTANTS AND GREENHOUSE IN THE ATMOSPHERE - A FIRST OF ITS KIND FOR AFRICA AND SOUTH AFRICA 9 March 2023
  Cut-off low pressure system to affect the Western Cape this Sunday, 5 March 2023 3 March 2023
  “Freddy” expected to re-intensify after making landfall in Madagascar on Tuesday while on course for southern Mozambique, and then north-eastern RSA 22 February 2023
  Intense Tropical Cyclone “Freddy” nears Mauritius 20 February 2023
  Heavy rain and flooding observed across eastern South Africa, with further rainfall anticipated for the northern and north-eastern provinces 13 February 2023
  Cut-off low to bring widespread showers and flooding to central and eastern South Africa from Wednesday 6 February 2023
  Severe Tropical Storm “Cheneso” still active in the Mozambique Channel 27 January 2023
  Moderate Tropical Storm “Cheneso” emerges into the Mozambique Channel 24 January 2023
  Severe Tropical Storm “Cheneso” approaching north-eastern Madagascar 19 January 2023
  Thunderstorm activity expected over the eastern parts of the country for the Long Christmas Weekend 23 December 2022
  Yet another cut-off low in the aftermath of record-breaking rainfall 14 December 2022
  Wet weather is expected to persist in the coming days over most parts of the country, with further risk of flooding in places. 9 December 2022
  Disruptive rainfall over central provinces; further localised flooding expected 7 November 2022
  Further rainfall expected into early next week, more flooding possible in places 4 November 2022
  Wet weather to persist in the days ahead 1 November 2022
  Heatwave to persist in the days ahead 4 October 2022
  Swellendam landspout 26 September 2022 3 October 2022
  Heavy rain for parts of Eastern Cape, as well as a spell of cold, rainy weather for KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga in the days ahead 18 September 2022
  State of Climate in Africa highlights water stress and hazards Climate Action in Africa gains momentum, but more is needed 8 September 2022
  Confirmation of Velddrif Waterspout: 13 August 2022 17 August 2022
  Cut-off low to bring cold and wet weather to the central interior and parts of the Cape provinces this week: 20 to 23 June 2022 18 June 2022
  Series of cold fronts headed for South Africa 9 June 2022
  Cut-off low to bring cold and wet weather to large parts of South Africa from Thursday into the weekend 19 to 21 May 2022 17 May 2022
  Easter Weekend weather outlook 13 April 2022
  Extreme rainfall and widespread flooding overnight: KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Eastern Cape 12 April 2022
  Flooding expected in parts of South Africa this weekend (8-11 April 2022), accompanied by generally frigid conditions. 7 April 2022
  World Meteorological Day 2022 Commemorations 23 March 2022
  Update on Tropical Storm Gombe 11 March 2022
  Tropical Storm Gombe heading to Mozambique Channel 8 March 2022
  Update on Intense Tropical Cyclone Batsirai 4 February 2022
  The latest regarding Tropical Cyclone “Batsirai” 1 February 2022
  Update on Ex-Ana and introduction of tropical storm Batsirai 28 January 2022
  An update on the observed summer rainfall to date and the expected rainfall for the remainder of the summer season 28 January 2022
  Update on Tropical Storm Ana - 26 January 2022 26 January 2022
  New Record-Breaking Temperatures following the Heat Wave in the Western and Northern Cape 25 January 2022
  MEDIA RELEASE: FIRST "NAMED" TROPICAL SYSTEM FOR THE 2021/2022 SEASON FOR THE SOUTH-WEST INDIAN OCEAN REGION 24 January 2022
  Monitoring of Tropical Low Pressures in South-West Indian Ocean Basin 20 January 2022
  LA NINA 2021/22 - OBSERVED RAINFALL TO DATE AND EXPECTED RAINFALL FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SUMMER SEASON 20 December 2021
  ANOTHER BOUT OF HEAVY RAIN AND FLASH-FLOODING THIS WEEKEND: 4 to 5 DECEMBER 2021 3 December 2021
  CUT-OFF LOW BRINGING STRONG WINDS, HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS FOR WESTERN AND CENTRAL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY 25 November 2021
  HOSTING BY SOUTH AFRICA OF THE REGIONAL ASSOCIATION (RA) I SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING: 16 – 19 NOVEMBER 2021: CENTURION: SOUTH AFRICA 15 November 2021
  POTENTIAL DESTRUCTIVE WINDS ON ELECTION DAY, 1 NOVEMBER 2021 30 October 2021
  MOSTLY SETTLED WEATHER FOR THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS 28 October 2021
  WEATHER HOAX: OLD WEATHER WARNING CIRCULATING ON WHATSAPP (14 October 2021) 14 October 2021
  WINDY AND STORMY CONDITIONS LIKELY OVER PARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA THIS WEEK (29 September to 02 October 2021) 28 September 2021
  SNOWY, COLD CONDITIONS OVER PARTS OF SA THIS WEEKEND (27 - 29 AUGUST 2021) 26 August 2021
  INTENSE COLD FRONT TO BRING WINTERY WEATHER TO PARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA FROM THURSDAY, 26 AUGUST 2021 24 August 2021
  TWO WINTER SYSTEMS AFFECTING SOUTH AFRICA IN THE DAYS TO COME 12 to 15 AUGUST 2021 11 August 2021
  THE SOUTH AFRICAN WEATHER SERVICE (SAWS) CELEBRATES 20 YEARS AS A PUBLIC ENTITY! 30 July 2021
  YET ANOTHER WEEK OF BITTERLY COLD WINTER WEATHER, WITH SNOWFALL FOR SOME PROVINCES 19 July 2021
  WET, WINDY AND COLD CONDITIONS FROM THIS MONDAY, 12 JULY 2021 11 July 2021
  SEVERAL COLD FRONTS EXPECTED TO AFFECT THE CAPE PROVINCES THIS WEEK 28 JUNE TO 1 JULY 2021 26 June 2021
  Very rough seas and gale force winds expected for the Cape Provinces 25 - 26 June 2021 24 June 2021
  ISHAAM ABADER APPOINTED CEO OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN WEATHER SERVICE FROM 1 APRIL 2021 1 June 2021
  Wet and very cold week ahead for South Africa 31 May 2021
  Cold snap over the country this weekend 20 - 23 May 2021 18 May 2021
  CUT-OFF LOW TO CAUSE ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS OVER PARTS OF THE WESTERN CAPE 4 May 2021
  CALL FOR THE NOMINATIONS OF SUITABLE PERSONS TO BE APPOINTED AS BOARD MEMBERS AS PER GOVERNMENT GAZETTE 44490 26 April 2021
  Government Gazette 44490 26 April 2021
  World Meteorological Day 2021: Celebrating our connection to the ocean, our climate and weather 17 March 2021
  A cold front brings unsettled weather conditions over the Western Cape Province: 09 to 10 March 2021 10 March 2021
  WELCOME TO MODERATE TROPICAL STORM “GUAMBE” 17 February 2021
  FURTHER RAINFALL EXPECTED FOR AREAS RECENTLY DEVASTATED BY FLOODS 11 February 2021
  SOUTH AFRICAN WEATHER SERVICE LAUNCHES THE REGIONAL WMO INTEGRTED GLOBAL OBSERVING SYSTEM CENTRE (RWC-SA) ON 9 FEBRUARY 2021 8 February 2021
  LIMPOPO AND MPUMALANGA IN FOR MORE RAINFALL 30 January 2021
  DISRUPTIVE RAINFALL OVER THE CENTRAL INTERIOR 26 January 2021
  WEEKEND UPDATE REGARDING SEVERE TROPICAL STORM “ELOISE” 22 January 2021
  UPDATE ON TROPICAL STORM “ELOISE” 20 January 2021
  FIRST UPDATE REGARDING TROPICAL STORM “ELOISE” 18 January 2021
  RAINFALL OVER SA AS WE ENTER INTO 2021 28 December 2020
  A DUBLIN IN IRELAND RECRUITMENT SITE MISLEADING AND SCAMMING UNSUSPECTING JOB SEEKERS 25 November 2020
  MULTICELL CLUSTER STORM CAUSES HAVOC IN MTHATHA ON 17 NOVEMBER 2020 19 November 2020
  A SPELL OF STORMY WEATHER LIES AHEAD 3 November 2020
  YELLOW WARNING (L2) FOR RAIN LEADING TO LOCALIZED FLOODING TO THE END OF THE SCHOOL HOLIDAY 30 October 2020
  IMPACT-BASED SEVERE WEATHER WARNING SYSTEM INTRODUCED TO SOUTH AFRICA 14 October 2020
  WIDESPREAD SPRING RAIN AND STORMS IN THE DAYS AHEAD 30 September 2020
  WINDY AND CHILLY CONDITIONS AS WE ENTER SPRING SEASON 1 September 2020
  TYPICAL LATE WINTER WEATHER AS WE MOVE INTO LOCK DOWN LEVEL 2 17 August 2020
  INTENSE COLD FRONT EXPECTED IN THE CAPE PROVINCES ON MONDAY, 13 JULY 2020 13 July 2020
  A SERIES OF COLD FRONTS HEADED FOR THE SOUTHERN PARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA. 25 June 2020
  COLD WEATHER IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE OVER CENTRAL AND EASTERN SOUTH AFRICA (16 -18 JUNE 2020) 15 June 2020
  INTENSE COLD FRONT EXPECTED TO HIT SOUTH AFRICA 8 June 2020
  SOUTH AFRICA WELCOMING WINTER WITH SNOW FROM MONDAY, 25 MAY 2020 22 May 2020
  STORMY AND COLD WEATHER EXPECTED ACROSS CENTRAL AND EASTERN SOUTH AFRICA (27-29 APRIL 2020) 27 April 2020
  STORMY AND COOLER WEATHER EXPECTED TO SET IN OVER SOUTH AFRICA, 14-15 APRIL 2020 13 April 2020
  TAAIBOSCHSPRUIT FARM (PANBULT) TORNADO: MPUMALANGA 6 January 2020
  MEDIA RELEASE: CAUTION ADVISED AROUND THE COASTLINE DURING CHRISTMAS DAY SPRING TIDES 23 December 2019
  CAUTION ADVISED AROUND THE COASTLINE IN THE FACE OF LARGE SWELL AND STRONG WINDS : 18 – 23 DECEMBER 2019 17 December 2019
  CAUTION ADVISED AROUND THE COASTLINE DURING WEEK OF SPRING TIDES 9 December 2019
  HEAVY DOWNPOURS EXPECTED OVER EASTERN, NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PARTS IN SOUTH AFRICA FROM TONIGHT UNTIL THURSDAY, 5 DECEMBER 2019 3 December 2019
  VIOOLSDRIF TEMPERATURE ON 28 NOVEMBER 2019 2 December 2019
  DAMAGE FROM A MICROBURST IN EASTERN CAPE: 29 NOVEMBER 2019 2 December 2019
  TORNADO IN UTRECHT IN KWAZULU-NATAL AND OTHER SEVERE STORMS ON FRIDAY EVENING (22 NOVEMBER 2019) 23 November 2019
  GUSTNADOES OBSERVED NEAR BAPSFONTEIN IN GAUTENG ON 20 NOVEMBER 2019 21 November 2019
  MEDIA RELEASE: TORNADO OVER NEW HANOVER: KWAZULU NATAL 13 November 2019
  FIRST SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL COULD LEAD TO POTENTIAL FLOODING IN PLACES 12 November 2019
  SEASONAL FORECAST FOR SUMMER 2019/20 AND THE CURRENT STATE OF DROUGHT IN SOUTH AFRICA 4 November 2019
  TYPICAL WINTER DAYS FOR THE SOUTH-WESTERN PARTS, BUT PERSISTENT HEAT WAVE CONDITIONS OVER NORTH-EASTERN SOUTH AFRICA 24 October 2019
  COLD, WET AND WINDY CONDITIONS EXPECTED IN THE CAPE, WHILE WARMER TEMPERATURES WELCOMED IN THE EASTERN PARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA 27 September 2019
  ACTIVE WEATHER IS EXPECTED OVER PARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA 4 September 2019
  SPRING WEEKEND WEATHER 30 August 2019
  LAUNCH OF THE SKUKUZA RADAR: 14 AUGUST 2019 14 August 2019
  A COLD, WET AND WINDY START TO THE WEEK 22 July 2019
  WINDY, WINTRY WEATHER EXPECTED ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY, 30 JUNE AND 1 JULY 2019 28 June 2019
  INTENSE COLD FRONT TO REACH WESTERN CAPE ON FRIDAY 21ST OF JUNE 2019 19 June 2019
  EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR 8 MAY 2019: SOUTH AFRICAN GENERAL ELECTIONS DAY 6 May 2019
  WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND THUNDERSHOWERS OVER CENTRAL AND SOUTH-EASTERN SOUTH AFRICA 21-22 APRIL 2019 AND CAUTION TO THE EASTER WEEKEND TRAFFIC 20 April 2019
  TROPICAL CYCLONE KENNETH 24 April 2019
  MORE RAIN EXPECTED AS LEARNERS’ HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL POST LONG WEEKEND 22 April 2019
  LOW MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OVER WESTERN FREE STATE: 16 AND 17 APRIL 2019 16 April 2019
  STORMY WEATHER TO BE EXPECTED OVERPARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA 7 March 2019
  STORMY WEATHER TO BE EXPECTED OVER THE EASTERN PARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA ON VOTER REGISTRATION WEEKEND : 25 - 27 JANUARY 2019 24 January 2019
  COLD FRONT EXPECTED OVER PARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA BETWEEN 1 – 3 JULY 2018 28 June 2018
  RAIN, SNOW, WINDY AND COLD CONDITIONS OVER PARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA, 9 TO 10 AUGUST 2018 9 August 2018
  SNOW AND BITTERLY COLD CONDITIONS EXPECTED FOR CAPE PROVINCES, 5 TO 7 SEPTEMBER 2018 5 September 2018
  THE SOUTH AFRICAN WEATHER SERVICE SENDS ITS CONDOLENCES TO THE MOLEWA FAMILY AND THE NATION 26 September 2018
  COLD WEATHER EXPECTED FOR PARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA , 2 TO 4 OCTOBER 2018 2 October 2018
  STORMY WEATHER EXPECTED FOR PARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA: 12 AND 13 OCTOBER 2018 12 October 2018
  STORMY WEATHER AS WELL AS HEAVY RAIN EXPECTED FOR PARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA , 31 OCTOBER AND 01 NOVEMBER 2018 31 October 2018
  HEAVY RAIN EXPECTED FOR PARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA 08 AND 09 DECEMBER 2018 7 December 2018
  WET AND COLD WEATHER EXPECTED OVER THE WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE, 14 TO 15 JUNE 2018 12 June 2018
  WET AND COLD WEATHER EXPECTED TO SET IN OVER THE EASTERN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, 14 TO 16 MAY 2018 11 May 2018
  WORLD METEOROLOGICAL DAY CELEBRATED ON 23 MARCH 2018 – SAWS LAUNCHES EXCITING UPGRADED WEATHERSMART APP 23 March 2018
  SEVERE TROPICAL STORM “ELIAKIM” LASHES MADAGASCAR; HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING EXPECTED. WELCOME RAIN EXPECTED IN SOUTH AFRICA THIS WEEKEND DUE TO A COLD FRONT 16 March 2018
  UPDATE: RAIN THIS WEEKEND; HEAVY IN SOME AREAS 23 February 2018
  WIDESPREAD RAIN THIS WEEKEND: 23 – 25 FEBRUARY 2018 21 February 2018
  BACKGROUND BRIEFING NOTE 26 January 2018
  SEASONAL FORECASTS UNDER THE CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN THE WESTERN CAPE 26 January 2018
  RAINY WEATHER EXPECTED OVER EASTERN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY: 04-06 DECEMBER 2017 4 December 2017
  UNSEASONAL COLD WEATHER EXPECTED OVER THE COUNTRY: 14 - 16 NOVEMBER 2017 13 November 2017
  STORMY WEATHER EXPECTED FOR PARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA 26 October 2017
  THE SOUTH AFRICAN WEATHER SERVICE’S RESPONSE TO THE TWO SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS IN GAUTENG AND KZN IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2017: MR JERRY LENGOASA, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 12 October 2017
  MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT SIGNED BETWEEN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WEATHER SERVICE AND THE CENTRE FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING 10 October 2017
  SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WREAK HAVOC IN GAUTENG ON 9 OCTOBER 2017; FURTHER WARNINGS FOR KWAZULU NATAL AND EASTERN CAPE ON 10 OCTOBER 2017 10 October 2017
  STORMY WEATHER EXPECTED OVER SOUTH AFRICA: 4-7 OCTOBER 2017 4 October 2017
  ALLEGATIONS OF MISUSE OF PUBLIC MONEY AT THE SOUTH AFRICAN WEATHER SERVICE 7 September 2017
  SOUTH AFRICA SHIVERS IN THE GRIP OF ICY WEATHER 17 August 2017
  COLD SNAP TO HIT SOUTH AFRICA THIS WEEK: 16 AUGUST 2017 ONWARDS 15 August 2017
  INTENSE COLD FRONT EXPECTED TO AFFECT SOUTH AFRICA: 15 – 17 JULY 2017 13 July 2017
  COLD FRONT EXPECTED OVER THE WEEKEND: 10 JUNE 2017 9 June 2017