Weather Update: Cool start to the weekend expected across SA

2017-05-18 16:48 -
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Cape Town - SA's coastal regions will be warm to cool as we slip into weekend mode, with little chance of rain forecast for Friday 19 May. Conditions along the coastal regions of the Overberg coast all the way to the Eastern Cape Town of East London will remain overcast and cloudy. 

The lack of rain does not bode well for the Western Cape, as level 4 water restrictions may be implemented due to the drought crisis.  

SEE Before-and-after PICS: Western Cape's Theewaterskloof Dam looks dire 

Dam levels in the Western Cape are now at 21,2% - and with the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 11,2%.If approved, restrictions will come into effect as from 1 June 2017 - banning the use of municipal water for outside and non-essential use. Read News24's story here

Cooler conditions across the interior

The interior of the country will also see cooler conditions, while the cities and towns of Limpopo will simmer towards the late 20s, Musina however will reach a high of 30°C.

If you do find yourself travelling in this region, particularly the northern parts of the Kruger National Park, Travellers are being advised of an increased Malaria risk, attributed to heavy rains received this year. 

SEE: ALERT: Kruger issues malaria warning

Usually classified as a low-risk areas, despite being one of the Malaria endemic areas in SA, the Kruger Park is now advising visitors to take the necessary precautionary measures.  

NOTE: There are medical doctors permanently based in Skukuza, Kruger National Park’s main camp and the public can also consult them for information and advice prior to their visit to the Park on telephone number +27 13 735 5638 

Temperatures

Minimum temperatures on Friday will be extremely cold to very cold over the south-western and central interiors, otherwise cold but cool along the coasts and mild along the East Coast and Cape Peninsula. 

Maximum temperatures will be cool in the southern and central parts of SA up to Mpumalanga. The northernmost parts of the country, as well as the Northern Cape will be warm.   

The coldest place in the country will be Sutherland in the Northern Cape reaching a minimum temperature of only -4°C, while Bethlehem in the Free State will hit freezing point. 

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Pretoria can expect to see a high of 23°C, while Johannesburg in Gauteng will be slightly cooler at 22°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will be 24°C.

Along the coasts, both Cape Town in the Western Cape will see a high of 23°C, while Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will reach 20°C. Durban on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal will see a high of 26°C. 

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