Since our last report dam levels have steadied but are still critically low and this is the second driest spring for Port Elizabeth with just 86mm rain recorded. This spring has also been the hottest on record in the Eastern Cape with average maximum temperatures 2 to 3 degrees above the norm recorded over September, October and November considered as our spring.

Garth Sampson at the PE branch of the SA weather service reports that Port Elizabeth recorded its highest ever average spring temperature of 22.9 degrees as did East London with an average of 23.7 and Addo at a scorching average of 28.8 degrees.    

It was also the driest spring ever for a number of towns in the Eastern Cape interior, including Cradock with a mere 14 millimetres and the second-driest for Graaff-Reinet with just 9 mm –  which was 12% of its normal spring rainfall.

So with the holiday season upon us the need to save water becomes all the more important as is the need for us to educate our visitors. We must not be embarrassed to point out to visiting friends and family the need to use water sparingly and to take short showers rather than baths.

Dam Levels at 11th November