CAPE TOWN - Rains on Friday morning have brought some much-needed relief for Cape Town, but it's not enough to ease water restrictions.
The city is in the grips of a drought, which has seen dam levels drop steadily over the past few months.
Forecaster Thabisile Ntleko says the wet weather will clear over the next few hours.
“We are expecting some on-and-off showers for today, clearing from the west from the early evening."
Western Cape Today 's Weather overview: 27.1.2017 pic.twitter.com/hzJ7U7MHIY— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) January 27, 2017
Some Capetonians have shared their excitement via social media:
Do I wear shorts and a sweater? Or skinnies and a t shirt? I can't go full winter ... this rain is beautiful! @CapeTown is smiling 🙌— Gareth // (@GarethOnStrike) January 27, 2017
Dam levels have dropped below 40%, while the the average water consumption was 80 million litres above this target.
The City says level 3B restrictions come as a result of the severe drought that is being experienced and the repeated failure to reach the intended water savings target of 800 million litres of collective water use per day.
The City says it will be very difficult to extract the remaining 10% of a dam’s capacity.
The new water restrictions will come into effect on 1 February.
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)
This article first appeared on EWN : Joy as Cape Town finally gets some rain