At the moment, any amount of rain is welcome in the Western Cape. It looks like there is a small glimmer of hope this weekend.
The eNCA weather team is currently monitoring a developing cut-off low that should bring rain to Cape Town and much of the Western Cape from early Monday morning until Wednesday next week.
Weather models are currently indicating a 60% chance of rain on Monday and Tuesday, up from a 20% probability on Sunday evening.
Average rainfall totals for Cape Town and the surrounds from this weekend to the middle of next week, is estimated to stand between 15mm and 20mm, with heavier rains in places in the Overberg and Eden districts.
Some of Cape Town water supply dams’ catchment areas should get good rain this Friday through to Saturday.
Drought stricken Beaufort West also looks set to get significant cut-off low induced rains on Monday and Tuesday. The town should already see passing thundershowers this Friday and this weekend.
Cape Town-which saw much lower winter rainfall totals compared to long term averages for three consecutive years, 2015, 2016 and 2017-is staring at an imminent no-water-in-taps Day Zero.
With the current rate of water usage in the city, Day Zero is estimated to come on 21 April 2018.
As if the threat of Day Zero was not enough to worry Cape Town residents about, city authorities recently announced they will be putting in place level 6B water restrictions effective from 1 February 2018. This means water usage will be limited to 50 litres per person per day.
It's time to get the water tanks and buckets ready for the weekend!