Weather Update: Mild weekend expected across SA

2017-05-19 17:11
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Cape Town - South Africans can settle in for a mild weekend across the country, as the South African Weather Service has issued no prospects of rain of severe temperatures for the days ahead. 

Along the coastal regions of the Northern Cape and Western Cape, cloud cover can be expected for Saturday, 20 May, cooling down temperatures in the regions slightly. The Garden Route coastline up to Port Elizabeth will also be cloudy, clearing up completely on Sunday, 21 May. 

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 northern interior

The interior of the country will also see cooler conditions, while the cities and towns of Limpopo can expect temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s. 

Travellers in the region, particularly the northern parts of the Kruger National Park, 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 Saturday 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 coastal regions. 

Maximum temperatures will be cool in the interior and along the Overberg coast, while the rest of the country 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 Vryburg in the North West province will also see a low of -1°C. 

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Pretoria can expect to see a high of 25°C, while Johannesburg in Gauteng will be slightly cooler at 24°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will also be 24°C.

Along the coasts, both Cape Town in the Western Cape and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will reach 22°C. Durban on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal will see a high of 27°C. 

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