Weather Update: Rain in SA's east while fire danger conditions persist in North West

2017-09-17 19:58 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - Following adverse weather conditions along the country's coastal area over the weekend, the week starts off with more rain expected in SA's north-eastern parts, while high fire danger conditions continue in North West on Monday, 18 September.

Over the weekend, several alerts were issued by SA Weather Service (SAWS), which resulted in gale force winds and heavy rainfall in parts along the country's coastline leading to Robben Island ferry rides being cancelled after a sinking ferry on Friday 15 September, flights delayed in SA's south coast on Saturday 16 September, and extensive damage to parts of KZN's coastal areas, including Durban.'

Strong winds also affected the KZN areas of Durban through to Richard's Bay. Watch as these cars narrowly miss a very serious accident over the weekend due to the strong winds lashing the area.


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The new week begins with more alerts of extremely high fire danger conditions that are expected over the western parts of the North West, including Vryburg.

Rain

Gauteng Weather says that up to a 30% chance of thunderstorms is expected in Gauteng late on Sunday, 17 September, into early Monday.

SAWS issued a watch for Sunday night, saying that heavy rainfall leading to localised flooding is possible in places along the coast and adjacent interior of KZN.

For Monday, SAWS has forecast rain across most of the north-eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

SAWS has forecast 60% chance of rain over the north-eastern part of KZN, including Ulundi and Vryheid, stretching over all of Swaziland and into the south-eastern part of Mpumalanga, including Piet Retief.

A 30% chance of rain has been forecast from Port Edward in KZN, stretching across the eastern half of KZN including Pietermaritzburg and Newcastle, into the eastern half of Mpumalanga including Ermelo, and southern Limpopo including Tzaneen.

Snow

Snow Report SA says that on Sunday evening, light flurries are possible over eastern mountains of Lesotho at an elevation of over 3200 feet. "We are not expecting anything very substantial but hopefully we still get to see a few snowy peaks in Lesotho this weekend. No further snow is expected."

Cape water crisis continues

With minimal rainfall throughout the Western Cape, the province continues to experience severe drought conditions. Water usage remains critical as the City of Cape Town announced that the Level 5 water restrictions would see further increase in pressure management. 

“There is now a new emphasis on capping excessive water use at the domestic household level and placing additional restrictions on the commercial sector.”

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According to News24's latest report, dam storage levels have dropped and the average level is 35.1%, with only 25.1% of the water being useable. Collective consumption is at 604 million litres of water per day. This is 104 million litres above the target of 500 million litres. 

This time last year, dams were 61% full. Theewaterskloof Dam is currently at 28% (2016: 51%); Voëlvlei Dam is at 27% (2016: 66%) and Clanwilliam Dam 39.8% (2016: 100%). Brandvlei Dam is 32% (2016: 53%).

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Temperatures for your city

Minimum temperatures on Monday will be very cold in the southern and central interior and cool to cold along the coast and northern borders.

The coldest place in South Africa will be Sutherland in Northern Cape, dropping to freezing 0°C.

Maximum temperatures on Monday will be cool in the eastern half of the country and warm in the west and northern parts.

The hottest places in the country will be Vredendal in the Western Cape and Lephalale in Limpopo, both reaching a high of 33°C.

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

Gauteng's Pretoria will reach a mild 26°C and Johannesburg will be 23°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a high of 27°C.

Along the the coasts, Cape Town in the Western Cape will be a warm 26°C, while KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will see a high of 22°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will reach 23°C.

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