Weather Update: Heavy rain and flood warnings for Eastern Cape and KZN, gale force wind in Western Cape

2018-03-15 18:19 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued warnings and watches for heavy rain leading to possible flooding in parts of Eastern Cape and KZN from Thursday afternoon, 15 March, into Friday, 16 March.

Most of the southern and eastern parts of the country will experience cool to cold temperatures on Friday, while eastern and central parts of SA can expect rainfall.

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Alerts

On Thursday night, SAWS issued a warning for heavy rain leading to localised flooding expected along the north-east coast and adjacent interior of the Eastern Cape, as well as the extreme southern parts of KZN. This will continue into Friday while spreading eastwards, with heavy rain leading to possible flooding expected over extreme eastern parts of Eastern Cape, as well as KZN except the northern parts.

Urban localised flooding is also expected on Thursday night in low-lying areas along the south coast and adjacent interior of Eastern Cape.

For Friday, a watch has also been issued for gale force south-easterly winds (62-70km/h) expected over the Cape Metropole and southern coastal areas of the West Coast district of the Western Cape.

Rainfall 

On Friday, SAWS predicts 80% chance of rain along the eastern parts of Eastern Cape, southern and central parts of Lesotho and KZN.

A 60% chance of rain is forecast over central Eastern Cape, the rest of KZN, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mpumalanga, as well as over eastern parts of Free State, extreme eastern Gauteng and south-eastern Limpopo.

A further 30% chance of showers is expected over the rest of Eastern Cape, Free State, North West, Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, as well as over the eastern part of Northern Cape, and southern coastal part of Western Cape over the Garden Route.

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Temperatures

Minimum temperatures on Friday will be cold in western and southern parts of SA - especially over the southern-interior - and cool throughout the rest of the country.

Sutherland in Northern Cape will be the coldest place again, this time dropping to 4°C.

Maximum temperatures will be cold over most of the Eastern Cape, cool in southern and eastern parts of the country - especially over Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho and southern parts of Free State and Mpumalanga. It will be hot in the north-eastern part of Northern Cape and north-western part of North West, and warm across the rest of SA.

The hottest place in SA will be Mafikeng in North West, reaching a high of 34°C.

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Pretoria in Gauteng is set to reach a high of 33°C, while Johannesburg will reach 30°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will be 27°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach 22°C, Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape will see a high of 21°C, while Durban in KZN will be 24°C.