Weather Update: Sizzling start to the week for central SA, light showers in parts

2017-11-19 19:43 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - A fire warning has been issued for parts of the Northern and Eastern Cape, as Monday sees a warm to hot day across most of the country. 

The South African Weather Service indicates that while most of Monday will mild and warm a belt of heat across the central parts of the Northern Cape, the western parts of the Free State, and North West Province, central Karoo, Breeder River Valley and the Little Karoo of the Western Cape as well as the northern interior of the Eastern Cape. 

This will see maximum temperatures across these regions hover in the mid-30s, with Upington in the Northern Cape and Beaufort West in the Western Cape expected to be the hottest places in SA on Monday at 37° respectively.

Light Rain 

Monday will also see a chance of some much needed rain across the southern most part of the Western Cape, as a 60% chance of showers has been forecast for central Cape Town as well as Hermanus. A 30% chance of rain can be expected across the Olifants River Valley region's Vredendal and Citrusdal as well as the Winelands extending towards the Eden District, including the Garden Route's Mossel Bay and George. 

Further north, a 30% chance of rain can be expected across much of the North West as well as the Free State, including Kroonstad and Bloemfontein. 

Unseasonal conditions

While no other weather warnings have been issued for Monday, conditions are expected to dip again on Tuesday 21 November - similar to the unseasonal conditions experienced last week as heavy snowfall across parts of SA and Lesotho led to the closing of Qasha's Nek Port of entry between Lesotho and SA on Friday.  Snow Report forecasts more cold weather is expected from Tuesday. 

SEE: ALERT: SA border to Lesotho shut due to heavy snowfall

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Temperatures

Minimum temperatures across SA will be cool to cold on Monday. Sutherland in the Northern Cape will again be the coldest places in the country, both dropping to 6°C.

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Maximum temperatures will be warm to hot across the south-western parts of SA and central parts of Gauteng. The rest of the central region is expected to sizzle, with parts of the Northern and Eastern Cape forecast to be very hot. 

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Pretoria in Gauteng will reach a warm 33°C, while Johannesburg will see a high of 31°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will also be 33°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach a maximum of 19°C, while KZN's Durban will see a mild 33°C.  Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be 24°C.

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