Weather Update: Minimal rain for Cape Town, scattered showers expected across most of SA

2018-01-21 17:44 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - While most of South Africa can expect moderate to heavy rainfall on Monday, 22 January, drought-stricken Cape Town can only expect a 30% chance of isolated showers.

South African Weather Service (SAWS) says that on Monday a band of isolated showers and thundershowers is expected from the north-west and northern parts of SA to the western, central and eastern parts of the country. Rainfall will be scattered to widespread in the south-western and south-eastern interiors.

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While all of Western Cape is expecting rain on Monday, this rainfall will not make a difference to the severe water crisis affecting the province.

According to SAWS, the rain is brought on by an upper-air cut-off low that is expected to develop seawards, and although it normally brings heavy rain, this one is expected to be quite weak.

On Monday, a 30% chance of rain is expected in western parts of Western Cape, northern parts of Northern Cape and Free State, across all of North West and Gauteng, the extreme southern tip of Limpopo, over most of the western parts of Mpumalanga, and central KZN.

A 60% chance of rain is predicted over central Western Cape, southern parts of Northern Cape and Free State, across Lesotho, and western parts of KZN and Eastern Cape.

A further 80% chance of rain is expected across eastern parts of Western Cape - including the Garden Route - as well as the eastern half of Eastern Cape.


Severe thunderstorms and heavy rain

SAWS issued a watch for severe thunderstorms expected over the Western Cape in the central Karoo, Eden district and the eastern parts of the Overberg district.

Heavy rainfall is expected south of the escarpment in the eastern half of the Eastern Cape.

Fire warning

SAWS warns that extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the western parts of the North West on Monday.

Gale force winds

On Sunday night, 21 January, a watch has been issued for gale force easterly winds of 65km/h expected in places between Cape St Francis and Coega in Eastern Cape.


Minimum temperatures on Monday will be warm along SA's southern and eastern coast and north-eastern border. It will be cool throughout the rest of the country.

The coldest place in SA will be Bethlehem in Free State, dropping to a minimum of 12°C.

On Monday, maximum temperatures will be cool over south-eastern Mpumalanga, warm throughout most of SA and hot across the northern borders of Limpopo and North West.

The hottest places in SA will be Musina and Lephalale in Limpopo, both reaching a scorching high of 35°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 30°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape's Port Elizabeth will both reach a warm 26°C, while KZN's Durban will be 28°C.

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