Weather Update: Severe thunderstorms and widespread showers expected in eastern parts of SA

2018-03-20 16:25 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - Human Rights Day is off to a wet start in parts of SA on Wednesday, 21 March.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has forecast a 30% - 60% chance of rain across central and eastern areas of the country, as well as severe thunderstorms expected in the eastern coastal provinces.

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Alerts

For Tuesday night, 20 March, SAWS issued a watch for severe thunderstorms expected over the north-eastern interior of the Eastern Cape.

For Wednesday, a watch has been issued for severe thunderstorms expected once again over the north-eastern interior of the Eastern Cape, as well as over southern parts of KZN.

Rainfall 

On Wednesday, SAWS predicts a 60% chance of rain over the eastern part of Eastern Cape, KZN interior, all of Swaziland, Lesotho, Gauteng and North West, across central and eastern Free State, and over southern parts of Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

A 30% chance of rain has been forecast for central Eastern Cape, the rest of Free State, KZN, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, as well as over the north-eastern part of Northern Cape.

30% chance of light showers is also expected over the southern coastal region of Western Cape and the adjacent interior. However, drought-stricken Cape Town and western parts of SA will remain dry on Wednesday.

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Temperatures

Minimum temperatures on Wednesday will be cold over the south-western interior over Sutherland, warm along the east coast and north-eastern border, and cool to mild throughout the rest of the country.

Sutherland in Northern Cape will be the coldest place in SA, dropping to 3°C.

Maximum temperatures will be cool across the southern coastal provinces and eastern Free State. It will be hot in northern parts of KZN, Northern Cape, and north-eastern parts of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and warm throughout the rest of SA.

The hottest place in SA will be Skukuza in Mpumalanga, reaching a high of 37°C.

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Pretoria in Gauteng is set to reach a high of 31°C, while Johannesburg will reach 28°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will be 27°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach a maximum of 21°C, and Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape will see a high of 23°C, while Durban in KZN will be 29°C.