Weather Update: Fire warning for SA interior, as rain and wind headed for Cape

2017-06-18 21:42 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town -  Much-needed rain is headed for parts of the Western Cape as the northern and eastern interior of South Africa should be aware of fire-hazardous conditions. 

Fire hazard and gale force wind warning

On Monday 19 June, the South African Weather Service has issued a fire risk warning for the central parts of the Northern Cape, the Karoo regions of the Western Cape as well as the northern and eastern parts of the Eastern Cape. 

It has also warned of gale force winds of between 64 to 75km/h between the Cape Point and Cape Agulhas on the south-west coast by Monday afternoon.

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Rain

An 80% chance of rain exists on Monday across the Cape Metropole, decreasing to 60% across the Winelands regions towards Worcester as well along the coastal regions of Lamberts Bay across to southern Overberg region of Hermanus.

A 30% chance of rain also exists for the northern parts of the Western Cape across the towns of Vredendal and Laingsburg.

Cape water crisis still dire

The water situation in the Western Cape however remains critical as Level 4 water restrictions are still in place, with users urged to keep consumption below 100 litres per day, per person.

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The city says the drought crisis is far from over and all restrictions remain in place, with a plea to continue to reduce usage as it expects it to take at least "three consecutive winters of above-average rainfall to make a real difference".

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Temperature

Conditions continue to be very cold to cool across the interior of the north-western parts of SA on Monday, warming only slightly later in the day.  

The hottest places in SA will be Upington in the Northern Cape and King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape, both reaching a high of 30°C. The coldest place in SA will be Sutherland in the Northern Cape at -4°C, while Bethlehem in the Free State will start the day at 0°C.

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Gauteng's Pretoria will see a high of 20°C and Johannesburg will be slightly cooler at 19°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will reach a mild 23°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will be a nippy 15°C, while KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will see a high of 25°C and  Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will a toasty 27°C.

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