Weather Update: Scattered showers across most of SA, fire warning for Northern Cape

2018-02-21 16:59 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - 30% rain expected in most of South Africa and fire warning issued for western SA on Thursday 22 February. 

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The SA Weather Service (SAWS) issued a warning of unfounded rumours circulating in the public that a deluge of over 100mm of rain will hit Eastern Cape, potentially cancelling the Herald Cycle Tour taking place this weekend.

SAWS reiterates that no such warning was issued by them.

SAWS says that the rain forecast for the province, including Port Elizabeth and its catchment area, will for now only be 10mm on the weekend, majority of which will fall on Saturday night, 24 February and early Sunday morning, 25 February. This should have no drastic impact on the cycle race, according to Garth Sampson of SAWS.

This prediction however could go up or down as the week progresses and the system develops, and the public is urged to check with SAWS's social platforms for updates.

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Fire warning conditions

SAWS forecasts extremely high fire conditions in places over the Northern Cape and the interior West Coast District of Western Cape.

Rain

60% chance of rain is expected in the north-western and central parts of Limpopo, as well as the eastern central parts of SA over the Lesotho border regions of Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

Scattered showers will be spread out through the rest of the country, except for Western Cape, Gauteng, central and southern parts of Mpumalanga, eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal, south-western parts of Eastern Cape and the western parts of Northern Cape.

SAWS also warned of a weather system developing in Eastern Cape that could result in heavy rain over the Chris Hani District up to Port Alfred on the coast.

"Most of the rainfall will be on Sunday, but thunderstorms with heavy downpours can be expected on Saturday afternoon already.

"Potential impacts from the rain could include flooded roads and streams, localised flooding of low lying areas and road closures with low lying bridges," says Garth Sampson from SAWS.

#CapeWaterCrisis

Day Zero has moved again to 9 July, while Level 6b water restrictions are in effect from 1 February, which requires all to drop their daily use to 50 litres pp/day or less. 

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The latest data from the City of Cape Town indicate that dam storage level is at 24,4%. This is a weekly decrease of -0,5%. The week's average daily production of all water sources was at 526Ml/day, which is still above the target of 450Ml.

Temperatures

Minimum temperatures on Thursday will be cool throughout the country, with warm conditions on the East Coast up to the northern borders, as well as the Cape Metropole and northern parts of Northern Cape. Cold temperatures can be expected in the interior and northern parts of Free State, edging towards Ermelo in Mpumalanga and Klerksdorp in North West.

The coldest place in SA will be Standerton in Mpumalanga, dropping to a mild 14°C.

Maximum temperatures in the country will be warm and cool in the east and hot to very hot in the west.

The hottest places in SA will be Upington in Northern Cape again as well as Worcester in Western Cape, both reaching a sizzling 39°C.

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Pretoria in Gauteng will be a warm 28°C, while Johannesburg will reach 26°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a hot 30°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach a hot 33°C, while Durban in KwaZulu-Natal will be 28°C again. Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape will be a warm 27°C.

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