Weather Update: Fire warning for central SA, gale force winds in the Cape

2017-11-05 19:13 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - The week on Monday 6 November starts off with warm temperatures throughout most of the country and isolated showers in the South and Wild Coast, northern provinces and most of KZN.

High fire danger conditions alert and a gale force wind watch has been issued by the SA Weather Service.

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Rain

On Monday a 30% chance of rain is expected over the coasts of Western and Eastern Cape, from Hermanus to past East London, as well as the northeastern parts of the latter province.

There will also be isolated showers across North West, Gauteng, northern parts of Northern Cape, the northern and eastern parts of Free State and the western parts of Mpumalanga.

KZN and the eastern parts of Mpumalanga will experience 60% rain, including Swaziland and the southwestern parts of Mozambique.

Gale force winds

A gale-force southeasterly wind is expected to spread from Cape Colombine and Cape Point to Cape Hangklip on Monday with wind speeds of 65 - 70 km/h. It is expected to subside on Tuesday.

Fire warning

Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over northern and northeastern parts of Northern Cape, western parts of North West and western and central parts of Free State as well as Lesotho.

Temperatures

On Monday, minimum temperatures will be cool to warm on the coastal areas of SA, with cold temperatures in the central northern parts around Sutherland. The rest of the country will be cool.

Sutherland in Northern Cape will be the coldest place dropping to a minimum of 9°C.

Maximum temperatures will be cool along the South and Wild Coasts, up to the Eastern Cape's inland areas around Graaf-Reinet, KZN's southern parts including Durban and Pietermaritzburg, and Alexander Bay near the Namibian border. The rest of the country will be warm to hot, with very hot temperatures in the northern parts of Northern Cape, including Springbok.

The hottest place in SA will be Upington in the Northern Cape, reaching a sweltering 39°C.

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Pretoria in Gauteng will reach a scorching 36°C, while Johannesburg will see a high of 32°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will reach a hot 35°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach a cool 21°C, while KZN's Durban will see a mild 22°C.  Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be 22°C.

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