Weather Update: Heavy rain heading to SA's east as Western Cape drought continues

2017-02-12 18:53 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - The South African Weather Service warns of severe thunderstorms expected over the north-eastern escarpment of the Eastern Cape, southern and western parts of KwaZulu-Natal and south-eastern parts of the Mpumalanga Highveld on Monday, 13 February. 

The area, as well as adjacent regions, can also expect a 60% chance of rain on Monday and Tuesday. 

This warning comes as Storm Report SA reported over the weekend that although South Africa is not in danger, a "tropical low currently forming in the Mozambique Channel and will most probably affect the extreme north-eastern parts of South Africa and the north-eastern parts of KZN". Heavy rain is also expected along the southern parts of Mozambique by Wednesday, 15 February. 

They say, however, that the "forecast is subject to change as these systems are very hard to predict". 

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Nonetheless, the entire north and north-eastern part of South Africa can expect rain for the start of the week until Wednesday. 

On Monday, the Free State, northern parts of the Eastern Cape, central and western parts of KwaZulu-Natal, the southern and central parts of the North West province and the southernmost parts of Mpumalanga can expect a 60% chance of rain. 

The South Coast and Sunshine Coast from Hermanus to East London can also expect a 60% chance on rain on Monday. 

The adjacent areas, over the North West, Gauteng, south-western parts of Limpopo, central parts of Mpumalanga as well as the rest of KZN and the Eastern Cape, a 30% chance of rain can be expected. 

Extremely high fire dangers continue 

The South African Weather Service has also again issued a warning of extremely high fire danger conditions expected over the Cape Metropole of the Western Cape province. 

While good rains have been falling across the country, the western parts of the Northern Cape and the whole of the Western Cape remain in the grips of a severe drought, with dam levels reaching a critical low. 

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See this map that allows you to check the status of your province and your local dams. This data is provided by the Department of Water and Sanitation.  


Temperatures across the country on Monday will warm in the east and hot in the Northern Cape interior. The northernmost parts of the country in Limpopo will be very hot. 

The hottest places in SA will be Phalaborwa and Musina in Limpopo, both reaching a high of 37°C on Monday. 

Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach a high of 27°C, while Pretoria will be 34°C and Bloemfontein in the Free State will peak at 29°C.

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Along the rest of the coastal regions of SA, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach a high of 22°C, while Durban on the East Coast can expect a high of 27°C. 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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