The City of Cape Town‘s Disaster Management Services have been placed on high alert in preparation for a harsh cold front expected to hit the Mother City on Thursday.

The South African Weather Service has issued a severe weather warning for the next two days, with heavy downpours, rough seas and gale force winds of up to 70 kilometres per hour expected.

Disaster Management spokesperson, Charlotte Powell, says they are also bracing themselves for possible flooding in some areas.

“Due to heavy rain leading to flash flooding, areas coul be affected with localised damage. The Disaster Management Centre will remain watchful during this period. The City has put in  place measures to try to mitigate the impact. Disaster response teams and engineering crews will be on standby to assist residents to deal with the consequences of these adverse weather conditions.”