Record rainfall for Durban

Record rainfall for Durban

The heavy rains in Durban over the weekend have set a new record for the most amount of rain recorded in the city in a 24-hour period. 

Rain at the berg
Kathy Choromanski

The SA Weather Service says 126 millimetres of rain was recorded from Saturday into Sunday at Merebank in Durban South. 

The previous record figure at that station was just over 110 millimetres in 1971. 

This weekend's downpours saw flooding across the city with eThekwini identifying Isipingo, Umlazi and Chatsworth as the worst affected areas. 

The showers, however were isolated on the coast with no significant rainfall recorded inland. 

Pietermaritzburg received only about 17.4 millimetres on Saturday and Sunday combined. 

Forecaster Julius Mahlangu told Newswatch this morning that no more rain is expected this week.

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