Weather Update: High temperatures and fire danger conditions in SA's north

2017-09-13 18:39 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - High fire danger conditions persist in South Africa's north on Thursday, 14 September, while high temperatures continue to dominate northern parts of the country.

SA Weather Service issued a warning that extremely high fire danger conditions are expected in places over Limpopo lowveld and eastern parts of Limpopo River Valley.

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Rain

On Thursday, a 30% chance of rain is expected along SA's east coast and adjacent interior, from Morgans Bay in the Eastern Cape stretching to the northern border of KwaZulu-Natal, including Pietermaritzburg and Pongola.

A 30% chance of rain has also been predicted in north-eastern Mpumalanga, including Nelspruit, stretching from KZN, over Swaziland.

The rest of the country will be be dry on Thursday, with minimal rain expected along a greater part of SA's coast over the weekend. However, this still does not bode well for the Western Cape which continues to experience severe drought conditions.

Cape water crisis continues

In the Western Cape, water usage remains critical as the City of Cape Town announced that the Level 5 water restrictions would see further increase in pressure management. 

“There is now a new emphasis on capping excessive water use at the domestic household level and placing additional restrictions on the commercial sector.”

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According to News24's latest report, dam storage levels have dropped and the average level is 35.1%, with only 25.1% of the water being useable. Collective consumption is at 604 million litres of water per day. This is 104 million litres above the target of 500 million litres. 

This time last year, dams were 61% full. Theewaterskloof Dam is currently at 28% (2016: 51%); Voëlvlei Dam is at 27% (2016: 66%) and Clanwilliam Dam 39.8% (2016: 100%). Brandvlei Dam is 32% (2016: 53%).

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Temperatures for your city

Minimum temperatures will be cold in the southern and central interior, cool along the west coast and north-eastern interior, and warm on the east coast and northern borders of South Africa.

The coldest place in South Africa on Thursday will once again be Sutherland in Northern Cape, dropping to -2°C.

Maximum temperatures on Thursday will be cool in the southern part of SA and coastal regions, warm in the central interior, hot in SA's northern parts, and very hot along the northern borders of Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

The hottest places in the country will be Musina and Phalaborwa, both in Limpopo, reaching a scorching 39°C.

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

Gauteng's Pretoria will reach a hot 34°C and Johannesburg will be 31°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will also see a high of 34°C.

Gauteng Weather says that slight relief from the heat is expected later in the week.

It will be cooler along the coastal regions. Cape Town in the Western Cape will be a cool 19°C, while KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will see a mild high of 22°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will also be 19°C.

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