Weather Update: Extreme high fire dangers continue along with Cape fires

2017-01-17 16:54 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - As the Western Cape continues to battle frequent and 'suspicious' fires over the Winelands areas, the South African Weather Service has again issued a extremely high fire danger warning for places over the Northern Cape, West Coast District, Cape Winelands, Central and Little Karoo, the Eden District of the Western Cape as well as the north-western interior of the Eastern Cape for Wednesday, 18 January. 

Parts of the south coast from Cape St Francis to Algoa Bay can also expect gale force south-westerly winds of up to 65km/h on Wednesday, from the late evening.

While most of the rainfall subsides across SA on Wednesday, the interior of the Northern Cape can expect a 30% chance of rain.

Flooding and road closures are still experienced in the north of SA, especially in the Kruger National Park.

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Temperatures are expected to soar over to over 40 in the interior of the Western Cape, where Oudtshoorn can expect being the hottest place in the country at a high of 43°C.

Temperatures across the rest of country will be cool to warm in the interior and to the east, otherwise warm but hot to very hot and extremely hot in the western parts of SA.

Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach a high of 23°C, while Pretoria will reach a maximum of 30°C and Bloemfontein in the Free State will peak at 27°C.


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Along the rest of the coastal regions of SA, Cape Town will reach a high of 25°C, while Durban on the East Coast will be 22°C and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will see a high of 28°C.

This is what the forecast for the next 4 days looks like in the major cities in SA: