Weather Update: Fire danger conditions in central SA as temperatures continue to rise

2017-09-12 17:11 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - SA Weather Service warns of fire danger conditions in parts of central SA as temperatures continue to rise across most of the country on Wednesday, 13 September.

High fire condition warnings have been extended for a large portion of central South Africa, spanning over six provinces and including Swaziland and parts of Lesotho.

SA Weather Service issued a warning that extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the eastern part of the Northern Cape, western parts of the Free State and North West, northern interior of the Eastern Cape, western and northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal and eastern part of Mpumalanga. 

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On Wednesday evening, a 30% chance of rain is expected to ease scorching temperatures along SA's east coast, from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape to Durban in KZN.

The rest of the country will be be warm and dry. This is not good news for the Western Cape, which is expected to be the coolest of all 9 provinces on Wednesday, but continues to experience severe drought conditions.

Cape water crisis continues

In the Western Cape, water usage remains critical as the City of Cape Town announced that the Level 5 water restrictions would see further increase in pressure management. 

“There is now a new emphasis on capping excessive water use at the domestic household level and placing additional restrictions on the commercial sector.”

According to News24's latest report, dam storage levels have dropped and the average level is 35.2%, with only 25.2% of the water being useable. Collective consumption is at 599 million litres of water per day. This is 99 million litres above the target of 500 million litres. 

This time last year, dams were 61% full. Theewaterskloof Dam is currently at 28% (2016: 51%); Voëlvlei Dam is at 27% (2016: 66%) and Clanwilliam Dam 39.8% (2016: 100%). Brandvlei Dam is 32% (2016: 53%).

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Temperatures for your city

Minimum temperatures will be cool in the southern interior and warm on the coast and borders of South Africa.

The coldest place in South Africa on Wednesday will be Sutherland in Northern Cape, dropping to 0°C.

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On Wednesday, it will be cool in the south-western part of SA, warm in the southern interior, hot in the northern and eastern parts, and very hot along the northern border of Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

The hottest place in the country will once again be Skukuza in Mpumalanga, reaching a sweltering 38°C.

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

Gauteng's Pretoria will reach a hot 32°C and Johannesburg will be 31°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will also see a hot 32°C.

Gauteng Weather says that slight relief from the heat is expected later in the week.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will be a cool 17°C, while KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will see a hot 30°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be a cool 19°C.

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