Weather Update: Western and central SA set to sizzle

2017-02-27 17:26
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Get out your brollies, baggies, sunblock and ice packs. The SA Weather service has predicted a scorcher today.

Cape Town – Following weeks of rain up north national dam levels are looking healthy, water restrictions for Gauteng have been lifted and recovery from the ongoing drought appears in sight. 

However, the same cannot be said for the western and southern parts of the country as dam levels continue to drop, 1,5% down from a week ago and dam levels in the province sitting at 33%, and soaring temperatures have been forecast for the next few days. 

SEE: Vaal dam overflows: Before and after pics show dramatic recovery

Little rain and fire hazard conditions persist

On Tuesday, there isn't much chance of rain though, with a morning drizzle expected over the eastern escarpment and only a slight 30% chance of rain forecast for central Gauteng and the south-eastern parts of Limpopo.

The South African Weather Service has warned that on Tuesday extremely high fire dangers are expected in the central and southern parts of the Northern Cape, the interior and Eden district of the Western Cape and the northern and central interior of the Eastern Cape. 

Conditions will be especially severe in the western interior of the Northern Cape, the interior of the West Coast District and in places in the central Karoo and Little Karoo of the Western Cape, as well as in places in the western interior of the Eastern Cape. 

Temperatures 

Tuesday will see cool and warm to hot and very hot conditions in the south.  

The SA weather service has warned that the very hot and dry weather conditions can be expected, bringing soaring temperatures between 38°C  to 40°C in places.

Oudtshoorn will be the hottest place in the country at 40 °C on Tuesday, while the Western Cape's Riversdale will peak at 39°C and Worcester and Beaufort West will hit 38°c. King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape will also reach 38°C.

Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach a high of 26°C, while Pretoria will hit a maximum of 28°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will also peak at 28°C.