Weather Update: Thunderstorms continue in central SA, fire danger conditions expected in north

2017-12-11 17:14 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - Following a wet start to the week across the central parts of the country, the South African Weather Service has issued a watch for severe thunderstorms that are expected to continue on Monday night, 11 December into Tuesday, 12 December.

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Rain and thunderstorms

Severe thunderstorms are expected on Monday night in places over Gauteng, the eastern parts of the North West and Free State, as well as the highveld and escarpment of Mpumalanga.

On Tuesday, SA Weather says that severe thunderstorms are expected in north-western KZN, the extreme north-eastern Free State, highveld of Mpumalanga, western bushveld of Limpopo, most of Gauteng, and the extreme eastern parts of North West.

"These thunderstorms are violent weather phenomena that can be very dangerous. Any thunderstorm can produce any combination of lightning, flash flooding, very strong winds, hail and in some cases tornadoes," warns SA Weather Service on Twitter.

On Tuesday, a 60% chance of rain can be expected over eastern KwaZulu-Natal, central Mpumalanga, as well as central and southern parts of Limpopo.

A 30% chance of rain is expected across the rest of KZN, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Gauteng, as well as over the eastern parts of North West, Free State, Lesotho and Eastern Cape. A 30% chance of rain is also predicted along the Western Cape coast, stretching from Hermanus across the Garden Route.

Fire warning

Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected in the northern parts of Northern Cape, as well as the western parts of Free State and North West.

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Temperatures

On Tuesday, minimum temperatures will be cool to mild, while maximum temperatures will be warm to very hot - especially across the northern borders of SA.

Sutherland in the Northern Cape will be the coldest place in SA on Tuesday, dropping to 5°C, while the hottest place in SA will be Musina in Limpopo, reaching a scorching 38°C.

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Pretoria in Gauteng will be a warm 28°C, while Johannesburg will see a mild 26°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a hot 31°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will be 23°C, while KZN's Durban will reach a mild 24°C, and Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape will see a high of 22°C.

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