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Lower than normal rainfall in the Western Cape (and what this means for CT)

The City of Cape Town says dam levels have declined to 24,1% (storage levels), which is 1% down from a week ago.

At least 10% the dam’s water is not usable, effectively leaving dam levels at 14,1%.

Despite this, the City says it is incredibly encouraging to see water consumption has dropped to below the target for the first time since water restrictions were implemented. It will soon be lowering the water savings target to 600 million litres per day

Climate scientist Dr Peter Johnstone says rainfall may, however, continue to be lower than usual, which will impact water shortages.

He speaks to John Maytham.

This big fat mass of air is just squatting on top of us and deflecting any cold front that may be trying to come our way.

Dr Peter Johnstone , Climatologist

This high pressure cell has been expanding and in all likelihood any reduction in rain that we might have in the Western Cape is going to be due to this very high pressure cell. What we are seeing right now is what we have been saying is likely to happen in the next 50 years.

Dr Peter Johnstone , Climatologist

Capetonians always say the rain starts at Easter, this is another example that this didn't happen and doesn't always happen. This is very scary cause as you have said there is no rain in sight...

Dr Peter Johnstone , Climatologist

Temperatures for the next week have been predicted at 30 degrees with no rain.

If we are not considering the implication of no rain until the middle of May then we are very very foolish, but I think everyone is kind of waking up to this fact that we can't go a day without water.

Dr Peter Johnstone , Climatologist

Click below to listen to the full interview...


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Lower than normal rainfall in the Western Cape (and what this means for CT)


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