Cape Town – The week ahead is off to a dry, hot start, according to the forecast which shows little rain over the next two days, and extremely hot conditions in the northern parts of the country.
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The South African Weather Service warns extremely high fire danger conditions are expected in the northern parts of the Northern Cape.
The development of El Niño conditions, often associated with drought and water scarcity as seen recently in South Africa, is expected to continue this year. SA's severe weather patterns saw Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape reporting its hottest day in 50 years on Thursday, 30 March, while dam levels in the Western Cape hit a stark 24%.
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According to the South African Weather Service's Chief Forecaster Dr Eugene Poolman, speaking at a presentation to the National Disaster Management Advisory Forum (NDMAF) in Centurion on 29 March, although most parts of South Africa recently experienced above normal rainfall, there is a likelihood of the El Niño - Southern Oscillation phenomenon - making a comeback in a few months' time, towards the spring season.
“The likelihood has increased from previous assessments and as we near the winter period, these forecasts improve in reliability. At this stage it is still too early to predict its impact on the next summer season over Southern Africa,” Poolman says.
No rainfall has been forecast for Monday 4 April, nor Tuesday 5 April - an approaching cold front could see slightly wet conditions along the coastal regions.
By Wednesday 6 April, a 30% chance of rain can be expected from Langebaan along the West Coast of the Western Cape, extending across the Garden Route, through the Eastern Cape across Port Elizabeth, Port Alfred and East London, all the way across the East Coast of KwaZulu-Natal towards Durban.
Warm to hot and very hot weather conditions can be expected in the central interior, up towards the Northern Cape and the North West as well as the northern parts of Limpopo.
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Temperatures will be peaking in the in the late 20°C’s and above across most of SA on Monday, with the hottest spots in the country expected to be Upington in the Northern Cape reaching a high of 38°C, followed by Mokopane and Phalaborwa in Limpopo peaking at 35°C.
Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach 30°C while Pretoria will reach 33°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will reach 32°C.
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Along the rest of the coastal regions of SA, Cape Town in the Western Cape will be 23°C, while Durban on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal will be 29°C and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be 26°C.
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