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Cape Town - Extreme Weather

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems
13 December 2009

“Eleven of the last 12 years rank among the hottest years since 1850, when records of global surface temperatures began.”

Each year Cape Town is faced with water restrictions, and with the expectation that Cape Town will experience an increasingly drier and warmer climate [see article “Summer in Cape Town” last para], even more strict water restrictions could be imposed by the city council.

Athlone power Station, Cape Town. Photo by DanieVDM under creative commons licence 2.0

Athlone power Station, Cape Town. Photo by DanieVDM under creative commons licence 2.0

Increases in intensity and frequency of extreme weather events in Cape Town are expected to lead to water shortage, agricultural failure, loss of unique biodiversity, coastal flooding and erosion, extreme wind and rainfall, and long intense heat waves; with these dry periods interspersed by unusually heavy rainfall brought on by increasingly severe storms.

Source: Biannual environmental newsletter of the City of Cape Town – Article: ‘In the front lineDecember 2009

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