Weather Update: Parts of SA in grips of heatwave, high fire dangers ahead

2017-04-21 16:44 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town – South Africans can settle in for a sunny weekend across the country.

While the mild weather will be welcomed across most of SA, the Western Cape and Northern Cape can brace for extreme heat and severe weather conditions, with the South African Weather Service warning of both a heatwave and extremely high fire danger conditions on Saturday, 22 April. 

Fire conditions are expected in places in the West Coast District and south-western interior of the Northern Cape. 

A special weather advisory has also been issued by the SA Weather Service, warning of a heatwave conditions expected in the coastal areas of the Northern Cape, West Coast District, south-western parts of the Cape Winelands and Cape Metropole of the Western Cape until Sunday, 23 April. 

SEE ALERT: Heatwave hits drought-stricken Western, Northern Cape

Water crisis 

According to the City of Cape Town on Tuesday, 18 April, dam levels have declined to a further 24,1%, another 1% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 14,1%.

Consumption over the past week is 685 million litres per day, which is 15 million litres under the collective usage target of 700 million litres per day. Read News24's story here

SEE: Water levels still down in the Cape, residents urged to save 

Regardless of Cape Town finally hitting its collective water usage target, the City of Cape has started the reduction of water pressure in certain areas - including Blackheath, Kleinvlei, Kuils River, Delft, Macassar, Firgrove, Somerset West, Strand, Gordon’s Bay, and Sir Lowry’s Pass Village - in an effort to reduce water losses through leakage in pipework. 

ALSO SEE: Capetonians urged to keep up water-saving efforts despite rain 

Rainfall 

The only rain expected on Saturday will be in SA's northernmost parts in central Limpopo and Mpumalanga, where a 30% chance of rain is possible. 

Some rainfall can be expected in SA's central and eastern parts towards the end of the weekend and next week. A 30% chance of rain can be expected along the East Coast and adjacent interior from Port Elizabeth to Durban on Sunday, 23 April. 

Along the South Coast, no rain is expected but a cloudy day with moderate wind on Sunday will ensure cooler conditions. 

For Monday, 24 April, a 30% chance of rain can also be expected along the entire East Coast and adjacent interior, as well as in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. 

Temperatures

Maximum temperatures will be cool over the northernmost interior, otherwise warm but hot to very hot in the extreme west along the coast. 

Minimum temperatures will be very cold over the southern and eastern interiors otherwise cold but cool along the coast and in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. 

Sutherland will be extremely hot on Friday night and Saturday morning, dipping to -1°C. 

The hottest place on Saturday will again be Vredendal in the Western Cape, reaching a high of 37°C.

Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach 21°C while Pretoria will reach 25°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a high of 26°C.

Click here to see the specific forecast for your city

Along the rest of the coastal regions of SA, both Cape Town in the Western Cape will see a high of 24°C, while Durban on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal will reach 25°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be 26°C.

CAPE TOWN

SEE: SA Insider Guide: Get buzzing in Cape Town this weekend


JOBURG

SEE: SA Insider Guide: Jozi has all that you need this weekend


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SEE: SA Insider Guide: Top events for a great weekend in Durbs


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