Weather Update: Cold start to the weekend across most of SA, rain along the coast

2017-08-11 17:50 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - The weekend is off to a cool, wet start across most of the country, as the Western Cape's cold front brings much-needed rain to the drought-stricken province.

On Friday 11 August, SA Weather Service issued a flood alert warning that localised flooding can be expected in places across the Cape Metropole and southern parts of Cape Winelands. Fortunately, for Saturday 12 August, there have been no severe weather alerts or warnings issued.


South African Weather Service advises that rain is expected to continue along the country's coastal region on Saturday, with a 30% chance of rain predicted from Cape Town in the Western Cape to Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal.

Here are the rainfall figures recorded at 8 am on Friday:

Drought conditions continue

Despite rain expected in the coastal parts of the Western Cape, water shortages and restrictions remain in place, and the City of Cape Town urges residents to further reduce their water usage during the unseasonably dry weather. See News24's latest report here.

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Cape Town is currently implementing Level 4b restrictions, as dam storage levels are at 29,4% which means the amount of useable water is at 19,4%. 

"Consumption is at 632 million litres of collective use per day. This is 132 million litres above the target of 500 million litres," says the city.

Cold front and snow

The cold front that hit the Western Cape on Thursday evening, 10 August, is forecast to bring light snow on the Cape's extreme high peaks by Friday.

"Our webcams in the western parts of the Western Cape are painting a lovely rainy picture this morning, from Cape Town, to Matroosberg to the Cederberg. Light snow is still expected later today on the high peaks," says Snow Report SA on Friday.

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According to Snow Report SA, snow flurries are estimated, at this stage, to fall along Matroosberg (5cm), Cederberg (1cm), Groot Wellington Sneeukop (5cm) and Sneeuberg in Cederberg (2cm).

"Some of the other high peaks in the Western Cape could also get light dustings," says Snow Report SA, adding that "It is unlikely that there will be any low-level snow at this stage, and all falls will be confined to the high peaks."

Temperatures across SA

Minimum temperatures will be cold to very cold across the interior with cool temperatures along the coastal areas of South Africa.

On Saturday, the coldest places in SA are Bloemfontein and Bethlehem in the Free State, both dropping to 1°C.

Maximum temperatures will be cold in the south-western parts, cool in the interior and warm in the northern parts of SA. Gauteng Weather advises that the province will expereince mild to warm temperatures over the weekend.

The hottest city on Saturday will be Musina in Limpopo reaching a high of 31°C. 

Click here to see the specific forecast for your city over the next few days

In Gauteng, Pretoria will reach a warm 26°C and Johannesburg will be 24°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a mild 25°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach a cold 14°C, KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will be a mild 23°C and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be a cool 17°C. 

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