Weather Update: Heavy rains expected as #Dineo nears SA

2017-02-15 17:43 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - Category four Cyclone Dineo has the north-eastern parts of South Africa on high alert as Mozambique's National Emergency Operational Centre (CENOE) confirmed expected winds of up to 200 kilometres an hour within a 24-hour period.

ALSO SEE: #CycloneDineo's effects on SA: What you need to know

South Africa will start to experience the rain from this tropical system on Thursday over the Lowveld, spreading westwards by Friday. Disaster management teams have been activated in both KwaZulu-Natal and in the Kruger National Park. 

SEE: ALERT: Mozambique braces for 200km/h winds as Dineo barrels in, SA actions disaster teams

At a media briefing about the cyclone on Wednesday, 15 February, KZN's Cooperative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said that the province's disaster management teams are on full alert for storms and floods that may come from the approaching tropical cyclone on Thursday and Friday, 16 and 17 February - read more about contingency plans here.

Heavy Rain

Severe thunderstorms are expected in places over the southern parts of the Eastern Cape.

For Thursday then, the South African Weather Service has forecast a 60% chance of rain along the East Coast north of Durban, up to the Mozambican border at the northernmost part of the East Coast.

Heavy rains are expected over Ehlanzeni District of Mpumalanga and Vhembe and Mopani Districts of Limpopo Thursday evening, persisting in Friday.

The South African Weather Service says during Thursday, 16 February, Dineo is expected to begin migrating along a slightly west-north-westward (WNW) track, still as a significant rain-bearing system, but starting to weaken somewhat in intensity.

"Notwithstanding this, it is expected that much of southern Mozambique can expect very heavy rainfall, most likely in the region of 100 to 200mm per day (or even more). Bearing in mind that the lower portion of the Limpopo River flows directly through the Mozambican region which is most likely to be severely affected, this compounds the risk of flooding and for communities to possibly be displaced by this event.

Temperatures across the country on Thursday will  be warm in the east and hot in the Northern Cape and Western Cape.

Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach a high of 31°C, while Pretoria will be 33°C and Bloemfontein in the Free State will peak at 28°C.

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Along the rest of the coastal regions of SA, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach a high of 23°C, while Durban on the East Coast and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will see a high of 29°C.

This is what the forecast for the next 4 days looks like in the major cities in SA: