Weather Update: Scattered showers across most of SA, thunderstorms expected in southern interior

2018-02-14 17:12 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - While rain and thunderstorms are expected over most of SA on Wednesday evening, 14 February, into Thursday, 15 February, drought-hit areas of Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay will remain dry.

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No severe weather alerts have been issued by South African Weather Service (SAWS) for Thursday, however, severe thunderstorms are expected on Wednesday evening.

Rain and thunderstorms

SAWS has issued a watch for severe thunderstorms on Wednesday evening expected in places over the central, southern and northern parts of the Northern Cape, southern interior of the Namakwa District, northern parts of the central Karoo of the Western Cape, southern Free State, central and northern interior of the Eastern Cape, and south-western KZN.

On Thursday, a 60% chance of rain is forecast over the extreme eastern parts of Northern Cape, north-eastern Eastern Cape, western KZN, southern Mpumalanga, Gauteng and North West, as well as all of the Free State and Lesotho.

A 30% chance of rain is expected over the rest of KZN, Gauteng and North West, as well as central Mpumalanga, central and eastern Northern Cape, central and northern Eastern Cape, and extreme eastern parts of Western Cape as well as the south coast of the province and Garden Route.

#CapeWaterCrisis

No rain is expected over the drought-stricken Mother City in Western Cape and Nelson Mandela Bay in Eastern Cape on Thursday.

The City of Cape Town confirmed that Day Zero has been moved from 11 May to 4 June. Level 6b water restrictions are in effect from 1 February, which requires all to drop their daily use to 50 litres pp/day or less. 

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The latest data from the City of Cape Town indicate that dam storage level is at 24.9%. This is a weekly decrease of -0.6%. The week's average daily production of all water sources was at 526Ml/day, which is still above the target of 450Ml.

Temperatures

Minimum temperatures on Thursday will be cool in southern and northern interiors, warm along the east coast and north-eastern border and mild throughout the rest of SA.

The coldest places in SA will be Sutherland in Northern Cape, Bethlehem in Free State, and Ermelo and Standerton both in Mpumalanga, all dropping to 13°C.

Maximum temperatures will be hot on the west coast and along SA's entire northern border. It will be cool along the Garden Route and warm throughout the rest of the country.

The hottest place in SA will be Skukuza in Mpumalanga reaching a scorching high of 38°C.

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Pretoria in Gauteng will be a hot 28°C, while Johannesburg will reach 26°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will also be 26°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach a maximum of 26°C, while Durban in KZN will reach a warm 29°C. Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape will be a mild 25°C.

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