Heavy rain expected this summer

Blyderivierpoort at 95,3 per cent. Photo: file

MBOMBELA – Following two years of drought and a dry winter, good rain is expected this summer.

The South African Weather Service is predicting heavy showers towards the end of the summer period, with the added good news that the El Niño phenomenon that caused the current drought will not hit South Africa in the near future.

While still in the grip of a dry winter, Lowveld dam levels are at an average of 73,9 per cent, from 74,5 per cent from the last week in August.

Flooding in Lower Sabie early January 2017.

According to the Department of Water and Sanitation, the provincial dams are performing satisfactorily with the Blyderivierpoort at 95,3 per cent, Loskop at 96,5 and Ohrigstad at 74,1 per cent.

More information and pictures of flooding in the Lowveld during 2014

Despite the good news, residents are reminded to keep conserving water.

More information: water saving tips


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