The Durban Weather Bureau is preparing for the coming Durban winter.
The Bureau has been inundated with requests for snow and rain forecasts over the past few weeks and is also looking into ways to prepare.
The Bureau’s chief, Paul Latham, told news.com.au the bureau would work with the city and state governments to help them in any way they could.
“We are looking at all possibilities, including the use of the National Weather Service and the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast services, as well as the local governments, to help us with our weather forecast in the future,” Mr Latham said.
Mr Latham acknowledged the Bureau’s forecast was likely to be affected by factors outside its control such as the current heatwave and its inability to provide an accurate weather forecast.
“The weather forecasts are often very complex and there’s a lot of noise and uncertainty involved,” he said.
“It’s always better to get a good picture of what’s going on in the local environment rather than relying on a single forecast.”
However, the Bureau has said it is confident it will be able to provide a forecast and it will continue to monitor conditions.
Mr Kavanagh said the bureau was aware of the potential impact the heatwave would have on local residents and businesses.
“This is the first time we have seen the need for this, but the local community is very supportive and we’ll continue to work with them as they adapt to the winter,” he told newscom.com, adding the bureau’s team was prepared.
“If anything, this may be the best time to get this right.”
Aboriginal people, particularly the Inuit, have been particularly affected by the heatwaves and have not had the chance to get out and experience the weather.
Aborigan chief, Chris Packer, said while it was good to see the weather bureau working with local government to prepare, he had concerns about its future.
“I have serious concerns that we may be looking at some of the regional organisations that do the weather forecasting and we may not be able or willing to be able in a future climate to be doing it all the time,” Mr Packer said.
He said the Bureau was also not able to work directly with Indigenous communities to plan for the weather or offer support.
“They’re going to have to be more active in terms of planning for bushfires and other bushfire impacts,” Mr Picker said, referring to the fires that have caused major damage to the bush in the past year.
“When you get the fire weather coming, it’s going to be much worse in the bush than it is in the city.”
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