ALERT: Stormy weather expected for parts of SA

2017-10-26 15:39 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued an alert for stormy weather expected in parts of the country on Thursday, 26 October and Friday, 27 October.

"Severe storms, with a risk of heavy downpours as well as strong gusty winds are expected over the escarpment and lowveld areas of Mpumalanga later today (Thursday)," says SAWS in a statement.

On Friday, the high risk area for more "severe storms is expected to shift to Gauteng, the highveld areas of Mpumalanga as well as south-western and southern parts of Limpopo".

"At this stage the predominant risk is expected to be strong gusty winds as well as heavy downpours, which may result in instances of urban flooding," warns SAWS.

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"Following a succession of hot to very hot spells during recent weeks over the eastern parts of the country, including a heat wave in the lowveld areas; all is set to change quite dramatically with the passage of a cold front, immediately followed by a strong ridge of high pressure from tomorrow (Friday)," adds SAWS.

According to SA Weather Service, it may hail in places, although this is expected to be "mostly of a small, non-damaging nature".

On Thursday and Friday, SAWS says that the "presence of enhanced instability in the lower to mid regions of the atmosphere is expected to be a further factor contributing to improved chances of rainfall over the eastern provinces".

"Light snowfalls can also be expected on mountain peaks of the eastern parts of Western Cape and Eastern Cape overnight, spreading to the southern Drakensberg and Lesotho on Friday," adds SAWS.

Cooler conditions are expected over the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal on Friday, with these conditions spreading to include the north-eastern provinces (Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Limpopo and North West) on Saturday, 28 October, "when daytime temperatures are expected to be restricted to the low to mid-teens".

“Single digit maximum temperatures can readily be expected over the highland region of Mpumalanga," adds SAWS. See chart below:

(Supplied by SA Weather Service)

SAWS says that the "good news" is that while chilly conditions are expected over many parts of the country this weekend, a fairly rapid recovery of daytime temperatures is expected from Monday, 30 October onwards.

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