Welcome rain is here for catchment areas – GO drought watch

GOOD news for drought-stricken areas; there is heavy rain falling in the Amathole area and other parts of the Eastern Cape, with more rain expected over the next few days.

This graph from weather website Accuweather shows the current rainfall and that there is more to come tomorrow into Saturday. Click on the image for more from this site Graph: ACCUWEATHER

With water restrictions currently in place in Buffalo City Metro (BCM) due to the low levels of the dams that feed the metro, the rain is more than welcome.

In the GO! & Express last week, the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation asked everyone to use water sparingly as the main dams in the Amathole area were at 62.7% compared with 83.4% last year.

On Tuesday, the DWS website showed the biggest dam, Bridle Drift – at 98 million cubic metres at full storage capacity (FSC) – was at 40% full, up from 39.9 last week; Wriggleswade (91.5 FSC) was down from 77.6 to 75.9; Nahoon (19.3 FSC) was up to 53.8% from 52.7 and Laing Dam (19 FSC) was at 101%, the same as last week. The Accuweather website predicts more than 60% chance of rainfall for today, tomorrow and Saturday where the dams are located.

It shows a 75% chance of rain for East London and surrounds for today and tomorrow, with a 7% chance of rain on Saturday. There is also an 83% chance of rain for the Stutterheim area (where Wriggleswade Dam is) today, dropping to 60% tomorrow and 6% on Saturday.

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