Weather Update: Gale force wind warning to the east as most of SA set for mild Tweede Nuwe Jaar

2018-01-01 18:22 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - A fine to mild day can be expected across SA on Tuesday as the SA Weather Service (SAWS) warns of gale force wind across the coastal parts of Eastern Cape and KZN, towards Mozambique's Maputo.

Fire Dangers

SAWS has also warned of extreme fire dangers in the northern to central parts of the country. Extreme high veld fire conditions are expected over the northern parts of the Northern Cape, the western parts of the North West and the extreme western parts of the Free State. 

While the Western Cape's Cape Town saw some showers on New Year's Eve, Tweede Nuwe Jaar will be fine to mild on Tuesday, with no rain forecast for the drought-hit region. Level Six Water restrictions are now in full-swing across the province which has braced for a record December-January peak tourist season. 

SEE: New Year celebrations: Cape Town road closures ahead of minstrels events

Gale Force winds warning and rain

SAWS says gale force south-westerly winds of up to 35 to 40 km/ph could be expected between Mossel Bay in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal's Durban, spreading further towards Maputo in Mozambique by Tuesday evening.  

SEE: Malaria advisory for Limpopo, Mpumalanga and northern KZN

A 30% chance of rain is also expected on Tuesday over the eastern parts of KZN as well as the eastern parts of Lesotho.  A chance of light showers can also be expected over most of Gauteng, northern Limpopo and Mpumalanga. 

This after rough weather conditions saw severe thunderstorms and hail causing havoc across Gauteng on Saturday evening, 30 December.

SEE: PICS: Gauteng tornado alert ends as severe hail and flooding cause chaos


Minimum temperatures on Tuesday will be cold to cool over most of SA, with very cold conditions expected over the central regions, especially along the Northern Cape. The coldest place in SA will be Sutherland, dropping to a nippy 5°C.

Maximum temperatures will be cool over the coastal regions, with very hot conditions expected in the northern most parts of the Northern Cape, the North West as well as parts of Limpopo. The hottest place in SA on Saturday will be Lephalale in Limpopo, reaching a hot 36°C.

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Pretoria in Gauteng will reach a hot 32°C, Johannesburg will be a warm 29°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will reach a scorching 31°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape, KZN's Durban and the Eastern Cape's Port Elizabeth will all reach a mild high of 24°C. 

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