Weather Update: Heavy rain in eastern parts of SA and snow in Drakensberg

2017-10-09 17:05 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - Tuesday 10 October sees heavy rain for Eastern Cape, KZN and Mpumalanga, as well as snow on Drakensberg in the Eastern Cape due to an intense cut-off low system.

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Very cold conditions will spread from Eastern Cape and Northern Cape to south-western high lying areas of KZN on Tuesday.

Rain

According to SA Weather Service, heavy rain is expected along the KZN coast up to Eastern Cape's East London and adjacent interior and over the south-eastern parts of Mpumalanga as well as Swaziland.

60% rain is expected further west in Eastern Cape, KZN and Mpumalanga, including the eastern parts of Free State and Lesotho.

Further west up to Gauteng and central parts of Free State and Eastern Cape there will be isolated showers with a 30% chance.

Snow 

SAWS warns that there will be disruptive snowfalls over the southern Drakensberg of Eastern Cape in the morning.

According to Snow Report SA, on Monday there was a few flurries around midday in the western parts of the Eastern Cape, and by Monday evening falls should have started in the Eastern Cape Drakensberg areas and the high ground around Hogsback.

"Through Monday night and into Tuesday morning, we will see snow falls continuing in the Eastern Cape Drakensberg areas, whilst the snow falls extend into Lesotho and into the Drakensberg mountains in the east of Lesotho," says Snow Report SA.

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"The falls in the east of Lesotho are expected to continue through most of Tuesday, with the heaviest falls possible during Tuesday afternoon. Heavy falls, in excess of 40cm, are possible on the high peaks over eastern Lesotho on the Drakensberg. By late on Tuesday night, all falls should cease."

"Snow falls at this time of year can be extremely difficult to forecast, and although we have seen consistency with this forecast for nearly 72 hours now, things could change," adds Snow Report SA.

Cape water crisis continues

The Western Cape continues to experience severe drought conditions. Water usage remains critical and on Wednesday Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille released the city’s critical water shortages disaster plan, which would see phased rationing and saving, before a full-out disaster response.

The city also announced that it anticipated its supply of municipal water would run out around March 2018 if consumption was not reduced to 500 million litres of collective use per day.

The current collective water use has gone down to 607 million litres per day. As of Monday, 9 October, the useable water left in dams stood at 27.8%. See News24's latest update here.

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This time last year, dams were 61% full. Theewaterskloof Dam is currently at 28,4% (2016: 51%); Voëlvlei Dam is at 26,7% (2016: 66%) and Clanwilliam Dam 41,3% (2016: 100%). Brandvlei Dam is 33% (2016: 53%).

Temperatures for your city

Minimum temperatures on Tuesday will be very cold in central SA, warming up near the border and coastlines.

The coldest place in South Africa will be Sutherland in Northern Cape, dropping to a freezing -3°C.

Maximum temperatures on Tuesday will be cold in the western and northern interiors and the east coast. It will be mild on the West Coast, and warm on the Botswana and Zimbabwean borders.

The hottest place in the country will be Musina in Limpopo, reaching a hot 32°C.

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

Gauteng's Pretoria will reach a mild 21°C, Johannesburg will reach 18°C, and Bloemfontein in the Free State will also be 18°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will see a mild 22°C, while KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will reach a high of 18°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be 18°C.

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