Weather Update: Severe thunderstorms hit central SA

2017-12-10 20:26 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - It's going to be a wet start to the week across the central parts of the country, as the South Africa Weather Service has issued a watch for severe thunderstorms. 

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Severe thunderstorms are expected in the north-western and western KwaZulu-Natal, the north-eastern Free State and southern highveld of Mpumalanga for Sunday evening 10 December and Monday 11 December.


A broad band of isolated showers and thundershowers is expected from the north-north-east to the eastern parts of the country but scattered from the north-eastern interior to the east.

On Monday a 60% chance of rain can be expected over Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, the eastern parts of the Free State and the north-eastern parts of the North West as well as central Limpopo.

Light showers could also be expected over the north-eastern parts of the Eastern Cape, the central Free State and North West. A 30% chance of rain could also be expected over the border between South Africa and Mozambique in the north.


The wind along the coast will be fresh to strong south-easterly to easterly along the south coast. This follows a weekend of strong gale force winds across the Western Cape from Lamberts Bay to Cape Agulhas. Wind speeds between 65-80km/h also hit the Cape Metropole.  

Fire warnings

Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected in the Northern Cape, western parts of the Western Cape, extreme western parts of the Free State and the North West provinces.


Minimum temperatures will be cool to cold as the week gets underway, warming during the day, with very hot maximum temperatures expected across the northern most parts of the Northern Cape.

Sutherland in the Northern Cape will be the coldest place in SA on Monday, starting the day off at 07°C.

The hottest place in SA on Monday will be Vryberg in the North West, reaching a hot 37°C.

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

Pretoria in Gauteng will be a warm 27°C, while Johannesburg will see a mild 26°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a high of 32°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will be a mild 25°C, while KZN's Durban and Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape will see a mild 22°C.

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