Weather Update: Thunderstorms and fire danger warnings issued for SA

2017-01-10 16:22 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - The South African Weather Service warns heavy rains and thunderstorms expected in places over south-eastern parts of the Northern Cape on Wednesday, 11 January.

Along with the warning, rain has been forecast across the central and eastern parts of the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, eastern parts of the Western Cape, the Free State, southern parts of KwaZulu-Natal as well as the western and central parts of the North West province on Wednesday. 

A 60% chance of rain can be expected over these parts, while a 30% chance of rain can be expected in the adjacent areas. 

Fire dangers continue 

While most of the country will receive rain on Wednesday, the SA Weather Service has again warned of extremely high fire danger conditions expected over southern parts of the Northern Cape, Cape Winelands as well as the Little and Central Karoo of the Western Cape.  

The warning remains in place as the hot and dry conditions, paired with the notorious South Easter wind has wreaked havoc over the province's Winelands during the first week of 2017.  

SEE: 4 Wine Estates, lodges burnt in the Winelands, fires continue

Temperatures in the Western Cape are again expected to hover in the 30°Cs, as Oudtshoorn and Riversdale will be the hottest shots in SA reaching a high of 39°C.

For the rest of SA, temperatures will be warm, except in the central parts of the Northern Cape will be hot, and in the central parts of the Western Cape where it will be very hot.  

Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach a high of 27°C, while Pretoria will reach a maximum of 30°C and Bloemfontein in the Free State will peak at 27°C.   

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Along the coast, Cape Town will reach a high of 27°C, while both Durban on the East Coast and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will see a high of 28°C.

This is what the forecast for the next 4 days looks like in the major cities in SA: