Weather Update: Gale force winds, fire danger conditions continue along SA's coasts

2017-01-16 16:51 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - Parts of the Western Cape as well as parts of KwaZulu-Natal can expect gale force winds on Tuesday, 17 January, as the Western Cape continues to battle extremely high fire dangers.

This while rainfall subsides somewhat on Tuesday, following a week of heavy rains which led to flooding in the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Free State and North West province last week. 

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Gale force winds and fire dangers

The South African Weather Service warns of extremely high fire danger conditions expected in places over the western parts of the Northern Cape, West Coast District, Cape Metropole, Cape Winelands and Central Karoo of the Western Cape on Tuesday. 

Along with these high fire dangers, gale-force south-easterly winds of 65 to 70km/h can be expected between Cape Columbine and Cape Agulhas as well as in places over the Cape Metropole, the West Coast District.

On the other side of the country along the East Coast, gale force south-easterly winds can also be expected between Richard's Bay and Maputo on Tuesday. 


Following a floody week, a small 30% chance of rain has been forecast for the northernmost parts of the country in Limpopo and along the East Coast of Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. 


Temperatures are expected to soar over to over 40 in the Western Cape, where Vredendal can expect the hotting high in the country at 41°C.

Temperatures across the country will be cool to warm in the interior, 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 29°C and Bloemfontein in the Free State will also peak at 29°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 25°C.

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