Cape Town – Following the Easter long weekend's rainy start, clear skies are expected across SA for the week ahead. For Tuesday, 18 April, the start of the second term of school will be a sunny one, with some coastal wind expected, the South African Weather Service says.
The winter might not be far away, however. Over the long weekend, Johann Pretorius and Pierre Erasmus from Tarkastad in the Eastern Cape reported to Snow Report SA that the peaks of the mountains in the area had a dusting of white on Saturday, 15 April.
For the week ahead, however, warm temperatures are expected.
According to the SA Weather Service, rain may be expected in the country's northernmost parts in central Limpopo and Mpumalanga on Wednesday and Thursday, 19 and 20 April.
Easter weekend travellers heading back home after the Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees (KKNK) are also advised that the Swartberg Pass between Oudtshoorn and Prince Albert has been shut due to heavy rain in the area last week.
The Swartberg Pass gravel road will remain shut indefinitely after the road was washed away completely.
SEE: KKNK Detour: Meiringspoort shut, Swartberg Pass closed indefinitely following heavy rain
The Western Cape and Northern Cape remain hot and very dry as no rain has been forecast in the areas. Water levels are still down in the Cape and dam levels have declined to 26,2% (storage levels), according to most recent data from the City of Cape Town. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being usable, dam levels are effectively at about 16,2%.
SEE: Water levels still down in the Cape, residents urged to save
Reduction of water pressure began in certain areas from Monday, 10 April - including Blackheath, Kleinvlei, Kuils River, Delft, Macassar, Firgrove, Somerset West, Strand, Gordon’s Bay, and Sir Lowry’s Pass Village - in an effort to reduce water losses through leakage in pipework.
ALSO SEE: Capetonians urged to keep up water-saving efforts despite rain
Mild temperatures are expected across the country on Tuesday. The Western Cape and Northern Cape will be warm, while the central and eastern parts of the country will be cool.
Minimum temperatures will be cold to very cold inland, but cool along the coasts.
The hottest place on Tuesday will be Vredendal in the Western Cape, reaching a high of 36°C.
Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach 21°C while Pretoria will reach 26°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will reach 24°C.
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Along the rest of the coastal regions of SA, Cape Town in the Western Cape will be 24°C, while Durban on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal will reach 25°C and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be 23°C.
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