Weather Update: Hot, dry conditions persist as future flood warnings issued

2017-04-19 17:06 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town – As the Western Cape and Northern Cape drought continues, dry and hot conditions have once again been forecast across the entire country for Thursday, 20 April. 

The weather forecast from the South African Weather Service comes as MEC for local government Anton Bredell said on Wednesday, 19 April, that Western Cape residents must start preparing for possible flooding when the winter rains arrive to break the drought. 

"In the period before the expected rains, I would advise the public to clear out gutters, downpipes and runoff channels around their dwellings to ensure water can runoff freely and easily. These small proactive measures may help protect families from flooding," Bredell told News24.

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In the meantime, the only rain expected leading up to the weekend will be in SA's northernmost parts in central Limpopo and Mpumalanga on Thursday and Friday, 21 April. The western border of the neighbouring Namibia might see up to 60% rain on Thursday. 

In South Africa, the Western Cape and Northern Cape coastline will be warm and dry, while the coastal areas from Port Elizabeth to Mozambique's border can expect cloud conditions with moderate winds on Wednesday. 

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 

Temperatures

Cool to warm temperatures are expected across most of SA and in the central and northern parts of the country, especially. The Garden Route coast can expect cooler weather, while the East Coast will be warm.

Along the West Coast District, Winelands, Overberg coast and West Coast all the up to Namibia's border, it will be hot to very hot on Thursday. 

Minimum temperatures will be cool to cold, but very cold in the central parts with Sutherland in the Northern Cape reaching a low of only 1°C.

The hottest place on Thursday 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 26°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a high of 26°C.

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Along the rest of the coastal regions of SA, both Cape Town in the Western Cape and Durban on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal will reach 25°C, while Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be 23°C.

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