Cape Town - The South African Weather Service forecast a mild and rainy day across SA on Thursday, 12 January. The rain forecast includes areas over the Western Cape that have suffered severe heat, gale force wind and relentless wildfires over the past two weeks.
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Rain has been forecast across the entire country, except in the central and western parts of the Northern Cape, the northern parts of the Western Cape, the central and north-eastern parts of Limpopo and the easternmost parts of Mpumalanga on Thursday.
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A 80% chance of rain can be expected over the north-western parts of KwaZulu-Natal, while a 60% chance of rain can be expected over the central and eastern parts of the Eastern Cape, the Free State, the easternmost parts of the Northern Cape, the North West province, central and southern parts of Gauteng and the southernmost parts of Mpumalanga.
All adjacent areas including the Western Cape and southern coast can expect a 30% chance of rain.
The Western Cape firefighting authorities have been battling relentlessly to contain fires across the province. Conditions remain hot and dry, and fires are currently blazing in Simon's Town.
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Temperatures across the country will be cooler on Thursday, hovering in the mid 30°Cs.
Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach a high of 27°C, while Pretoria will reach a maximum of 30°C and Bloemfontein in the Free State will peak at 27°C.
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Along the coast, Cape Town will reach a high of 23°C, while Durban on the East Coast will be a hot 32°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will see a high of 25°C.This is what the forecast for the next 4 days looks like in the major cities in SA:
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