Weather Update: Severe thunderstorms expected to continue across parts of SA

2017-03-15 22:04 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Get out your brollies, baggies, sunblock and ice packs. The SA Weather service has predicted a scorcher today.

Cape Town - The weather has been all over the place across South Africa as we head towards the weekend - and yet still not in the right measure.

The drought situation in the Western Cape remains critical despite some much-needed rain on Wednesday, March 15. According to Kate Turner at the South African Weather Service in Cape Town, the seasonal winter rainfall for the Western Cape is only expected to hit SA in mid-winter this year and with an average to below-average dry season leading up to winter and the amount of rain expected might not be enough to carry the city through - as water restrictions are enforced throughout the province and with good reason.

SEE: Cape Town rain joy short-lived as Western Cape winter rainfall expected late

Its also said that with 10% unusable water, dam levels are effectively at approximately 20%, with 105 days of useable water left at current consumption levels.

SEE: Drought Crisis: Western Cape countdown to winter as 105 days of useable water left

On Thursday, 16 March severe thunderstorms are expected over the south-western parts KwaZulu-Natal. This follows hail and severe thunder showers, which were crawling over the north-eastern parts of SA towards Gauteng on Wednesday afternoon.

ALSO SEE: ALERT WATCH: Massive hail storm hits Gauteng, severe thundershowers expected

Rainfall

There is a 30% chance of rain expected across the coastal and adjacent interior regions of KwaZulu-Natal, northern parts of Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo as well as the central and northern parts of the North West province till Friday morning, March 18.

Temperature

The coastal areas can expect cool conditions, while the northern and central parts will be hot. It will be warm in the Western Cape, and very hot in the Northern Cape. 

The hottest spots in the country will be Lephalale in the Limpop Province reaching a high of 34°C, followed by Vryburg in North West and Vredendal in the Western Cape both reaching a peak of 33°C.

Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach 28°C, while Pretoria will reach a peak of 30°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will be 29°C.

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

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

CAPE TOWN