Weather Update: Western Cape drought, heat continues as rain stays clear

2017-04-18 16:21 - 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 Wednesday, 19 April. 

The South African Weather Service says that while the country can expect cool to warm conditions, the Western Cape and Northern Cape coastline will be very hot, reaching highs of 37°C again. 

The SA Weather Service says some rain can be expected in the country's northernmost parts in central Limpopo and Mpumalanga towards Friday, 21 April. 

Along the coastal areas from Plettenberg Bay all the way up to Mozambique's border, cloud cover and moderate winds can be expected for 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 in the central and northern parts of the country, but the West Coast District will be hot to very hot on Wednesday. 

Minimum temperatures will be cool to cold, but very cold in the central parts.

The hottest place on Tuesday will 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 reach 25°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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