- Johannesburg motorists and residents had to negotiate harsh weather conditions on Monday.
- A resident in Sunninghill said he was involved in an accident amid the heavy rain and hail.
- The South African Weather Service issued a level 2 warning.
Neo Kgomokaboya’s evening could have ended terribly if it weren’t for his steady hands on Monday.
“I had a little bit of a fender bender. I bumped into a pole, so my bumper is messed up,” he told News24.
Kgomokaboya and several Johannesburg residents were caught in a hail storm on their commutes after work.
Parts of Johannesburg came to a standstill as harsh weather caused gridlocked traffic.
Kgomokaboya was left with a laundry list of items to repair.
“It cracked my windscreen. It broke the grill of the car; it broke the side mirrors,” he said.
On Monday, the SA Weather Service warned residents in Gauteng and Mpumalanga that thunderstorms and heavy rain would continue throughout the evening and could cause localised flooding.
Forecaster Jacqueline Modika told News24 the service had issued a yellow level 2 warning.
“Thunderstorms, by nature, are accompanied by hail, lightning, heavy rainfall and strong winds over a short period of time,” she said.
On Tuesday, News24 spoke to the weather service’s Lehlohonolo Thobela. He said the weather conditions would continue.
“We expect isolated showers and rain to remain over the eastern parts of the country, with much more of the central and the south-western parts being warm and hot in the extreme western areas.”
He said more rain was expected in parts of the North West and Free State on Wednesday.
Commuters are advised to be cautious on the roads.