Weather Update: Interior cold snap, Cape gale force winds and fire dangers in SA's north

2017-08-09 20:32 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - It will be a cold start on Thursday, 10 August across most of South Africa.

The South African Weather Service forecasts a cold snap across the interior, minimal early morning rain and gale force winds for the Western Cape and fire dangers in SA's northern and central regions.

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Fire alert

With almost no rain predicted for the whole country, a high risk of fire is expected over the eastern parts of the Northern Cape, the western parts of the North West and the Free State, the central Karoo of the Western Cape and the northern and central parts of the Eastern Cape. 

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Gale force winds

The Western Cape can also expect gale force north-westerly winds of about 65 to 70km/h between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas. 

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Drought conditions continue

While a 30% chance of rain exists over the coastal parts of the Western Cape, water shortages and restrictions remain in place. More rain is expected to hit the Cape on Friday, 11 August. 

Cape Town is currently implementing Level 4b restrictions, and the City of Cape Town says dam storage levels are at 27,9% which means the amount of useable water is at 17,9%. 

Water usage is 642 million litres per day – 142 million litres above our target of 500 million litres of collective water use per day.

"All residents must immediately reduce consumption further and report contraventions to the City. Consumption remains far too high. It is clear that water users are still taking chances with Cape Town’s collective future," says the city.

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Temperatures across SA

Minimum temperatures will be cold to very cold across the interior with cool temperatures along the coastal areas of South Africa, warming later in the day across the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

On Thursday, the coldest place in SA is Sutherland in the Northern Cape, dropping to -8°C.

Maximum temperatures will be warm throughout South Africa's interior and Limpopo. Conditions remain cool along the western coastal regions, as well as northern parts of Gauteng and Mpumulanga.

The warmest places on Thursday will be Richard's Bay and Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, both reaching a high of 29°C. 

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In Gauteng, Pretoria will reach a mild 24°C and Johannesburg will be 22°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a warmer 25°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach a cool 16°C, KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will be 28°C and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be a mild 20°C. 

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