After a month of thunderstorms, heatwaves, and dams fit for bursting, the advent of Tropical Storm Ana has become the latest extreme weather event South Africans will have to keep an eye on.
Parts of SA ‘on standby’ for storm
Ana made landfall in Angoche, Mozambique on 24 January and continued on a westward track, through the extreme southern parts of Malawi towards Tete, Mozambique. The system is expected to push through several other countries before it eventually runs out of steam – but is SA in the firing line?
The short answer is yes, with a but…
Will Tropical Storm Ana hit South Africa
Yes, Tropical Storm Ana will impact South Africa, and it’s already causing rainfaill in northern parts of Limpopo. But this is the only province that will be impacted by the wild weather.
No weather warnings have been issued by the SA Weather Service, and it appears South Africa will get away with this one. Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique may not be so lucky…
“Even though Ana weakens, it is expected that Malawi and Zambia could once again experience heavy showers towards the end of the week and into the weekend. This situation will be exasperated by the saturated ground currently being experienced. No warnings have been issued at this stage for South Africa.”
“On a local front, it has been relatively quiet in South Africa, due to the secondary impacts of a tropical low pressure in the Mozambique Channel. However, the extreme outer bands of this low pressure is currently causing showers in Limpopo, but this rain is not expected to have a negative impact at this stage.”
SAWS statement on Tropical Storm Ana
Limpopo Tomorrow ‘s Weather overview: 27.1.2022 pic.twitter.com/DrG7RtKnPb
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) January 26, 2022