Cape Town has had a perfectly-timed sign of better things in the New Year, with much-needed rain falling on the final night of 2017, when the city suffered its worst drought for a century.

The downpour did nothing to dampen New Year celebrations for an estimated 50 000 revellers at the country’s most visited tourist destination, the V&A Waterfront.

Partygoers ‘soaked’ up the whole atmosphere, including the rain and a kaleidoscopic fireworks display at midnight.

“Awesome, although it’s raining the atmosphere is amazing, the people are amazing and I’m really having a good year so thanks for having us in Cape Town whoop,” says a partygoer.

Another partygoer says, “We are enjoying it, and next year coming, I want to wish all the people in South Africa as we move from 2017 so we as friends and a nation stand together.”