Weather Update: Hot temperatures with rain, thunderstorms in central parts

2018-01-16 17:10 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - Severe thunderstorms, rain, fire danger conditions and a heatwave expected over SA on Wednesday 17 January.

According to SA Weather Service, the heatwave in the Free State, North West and north-eastern Northern Cape will continue until at least Friday.

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Fire warning

SA Weather Service warns that extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over Northern Cape's interior, the central Karoo in Western Cape and Eastern Cape's western interior.

Severe thunderstorms and rain

A watch has also been issued for Wednesday for severe thunderstorms over the north-eastern parts of Eastern Cape and the western parts of KZN in the afternoon.

60% chance of rain is forecast for these areas, as well as the northern parts of Eastern Cape, the south-eastern parts of Northern Cape over De Aar and the southern parts of Free State.

A 30% chance of rain is also expected over the rest of Free State, central parts of Eastern Cape, eastern and northern parts of Northern Cape, and most of western and central parts of North West.

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Minimum temperatures on Wednesday will be warm along the northern border of SA, the East Coast and in parts of Northern Cape, and cool throughout the rest of the country.

The coldest places in SA will be Sutherland in the Northern Cape and Ermelo in Mpumalanga, both dropping to a minimum of 11°C.

Maximum temperatures will be warm in the north and east, with hot to very hot temperatures in the west and south, except for the coast.

The hottest place in SA will be Upington in Northern Cape, reaching a scorching maximum of 40°C.

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Pretoria in Gauteng will see a hot 32°C, Johannesburg will have a high of 30°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will also reach a maximum of 32°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach a sizzling 31°C, KZN's Durban will be a hot 30°C, while Eastern Cape's Port Elizabeth will reach 26°C. 

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