Yellow level 2 warning issued for damaging waves along WC coast

The South African Weather Service has issued a Yellow level 2 warning for damaging waves between Lambert’s Bay and Plettenberg Bay, from today at 10am until Saturday, 28 October at midnight.

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A cold front is expected to hit the coast today, affecting parts of the Western Cape and Namaqua, bringing a cool to strong south-to-southeasterly wind of 30-50kph along the south-west and south coast and causing rough sea conditions.

Waves are expected to reach heights of 4 metres this afternoon.

Spring tide will occur tomorrow and contribute to the waves pushing up much further onto the coast. Expect a higher than normal high tide and lower than normal low tide, which could cause stronger rip currents throughout the weekend.

Diagram showing you how to escape a rip current.

Shoreline anglers and coastal hikers should take note of the two daily high and low tides and exercise caution along the shoreline.

Beachgoers are urged to be cautious of rough seas, strong winds and powerful rip currents during adverse weather conditions and avoid taking unnecessary risks.

Caution is advised for today, over this weekend and the next few days. Stay informed by monitoring SAWS weather updates.

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