Weather Update: Severe thunderstorms and uncomfortably humid conditions forecast for parts of SA

2017-03-14 17:39 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town – Strong gale force winds and thunderstorms are expected over large parts of SA as we head into the middle of the week.

For Wednesday 15 March, the SA Weather Services warns severe thunderstorms are expected in places across the interior of the KwaZulu-Natal, with a special advisory issued for hot and humid weather resulting in extremely uncomfortable conditions over the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal.   

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Gale force winds

Gale force south-westerly winds of 64km/h can also be expected alongside the Algoa Bay coast of the Eastern Cape in the early morning, the weather service has advised.

Rainfall

A band of islolated showers and thundershowers is expected to extend from Namibia and Botswana to the central and eastern parts of country but scattered from the Free State eastwards. While isolated and scattered thundershowers are expected along the southwest coast and adjacent interior.

A 30% chance of rain can be expected in most parts of the coastal and adjacent interior regions of the Western Cape, while a 60% chance of rain exists over Hermanus through to Cape Point on Wednesday.

A 30% chance rain has been forecast for the easternmost parts of Mpumalanga right through to Limpopo. There is also a 60% chance of rain expected across the coastal and adjacent interior regions of KwaZulu-Natal, the northern parts of Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo as well as the central and northern parts of the North West province.  

Temperature

The coastal areas can expect cool conditions, while the northern and central parts will be hot. It will be cool in the Western Cape, and very hot in the Northern Cape. 

The hottest spots in the country will be Phalaborwa in Limpopo province and Skukuza in Mpumalanga, both reaching a high of 36°C, followed by Musina in Limpopo province reaching a peak of 35°C.

Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach a high of 30°C, while Pretoria will reach a peak of 32°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will reach 30°C.

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Along the rest of the coastal regions of SA, Cape Town in the Western Cape will be 22°C, while Durban on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal will reach 31°C and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will see a high of 25°C.

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

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