Weather Update: Fire warning in the west and rain in the east

2017-10-12 16:45 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - A fire warning has been issued for the northwestern parts of SA on Friday 12 October, and 30% chance rain expected for the extreme eastern parts.

Isolated showers are expected from East London through to most of KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, the eastern parts of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Nelspruit should expect a drizzle along the escarpment.

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Fire warning

The South African Weather Service warns that extremely high fire danger conditions are expected in places over the northwestern parts of North West, northern and western parts of Northern Cape and the northwestern parts of the Western Cape.

Thunderstorms expected to return

The Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) announced that disaster management teams will stay alert in all provinces as thunderstorms are expected to return over the weekend after causing devastation in Johannesburg and Durban earlier in the week. 

Members of the public have been urged to regularly follow weather forecasts on various media channels and platforms. They can also access updated information on www.weathersa.co.za and the SAWS Twitter account @SAWeatherService. The SAWS will continue to monitor further developments on the weather conditions.

ALSO SEE: PICS: SA weather is having a rough week with storm in Gauteng, snow in Eastern Cape

Cape water crisis continues

The Western Cape continues to experience severe drought conditions. Water usage remains critical and on Wednesday Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille released the city’s critical water shortages disaster plan, which would see phased rationing and saving, before a full-out disaster response.

The city also announced that it anticipated its supply of municipal water would run out around March 2018 if consumption was not reduced to 500 million litres of collective use per day.

The current collective water use has gone down to 607 million litres per day. As of Monday, 9 October, the useable water left in dams stood at 27.8%. See News24's latest update here.

ALSO SEE: Cape water crisis: How tourists can ‘Save like a local’

The City announced their new marketing campaign for the summer tourist season, 'Save like a local', which will be targeted towards visitors in order to keep the water demand down. The City will heavily rely on the tourism sector to raise awareness through billboards, signs at tourist spots and to drive digital campaigns on their online platforms.

Temperatures for your city

Minimum temperatures on Friday will be cold from the southwest to northeast, with cool temperatures where Eastern Cape and KZN meet and around the borders with all the neighbouring countries. It will be warm however from Spingbok to Alexander Bay.

The coldest place in South Africa will be Sutherland in Northern Cape, dropping to below freezing at -3°C.

Maximum temperatures will be cool in north-and-south-eastern parts of the country, heating up as you move northeastern direction with hot temperatures in the Northern Cape. It will be cold in the Ermelo region.

The hottest place in the country will be Springbok and Calvinia, reaching a hot 32°C.

Click here to see the specific forecast for your city over the next few days

Gauteng's Pretoria will reach a mild 27°C, Johannesburg will reach 25°C, and Bloemfontein in the Free State will also be a mild 27°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will see a hot 30°C, while KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will reach a high of 22°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be 19°C.

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