Fire danger warning for western and northern parts, while thunderstorms continue in eastern SA

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High fire danger conditions continue on Friday, 02 March in western parts of SA, following a fire that broke out in Cape Point on Thursday afternoon, 01 March.

South African National Parks issued an alert warning that Link Road in Cape Point is closed due to a fire in the area and warned hikers at Cape Point to "please refrain from any hiking activity until further notice".

Severe weather alerts

SA Weather Service (SAWS) warns that on Friday, extremely high fire danger conditions are expected to continue in places over the Cape Metropole and south-western parts of Cape Winelands. High fire danger conditions are also expected over parts of the northern and eastern interior of Northern Cape.

SAWS also issued a watch for severe thunderstorms expected in places over the southern parts of Free State and north-eastern interior of the Eastern Cape.

Rainfall

On Friday, a 60% chance of rain is forecast over the coastal and eastern parts of Eastern Cape, extreme south-eastern parts of Free State, southern Lesotho and extreme south-western parts of KZN.

A 30% chance of rain is expected over the rest of Eastern Cape, Free State, Lesotho, Gauteng and North West, southern KZN, extreme south-western parts of Mpumalanga, extreme north-eastern and south-eastern parts of Northern Cape, and eastern Western Cape.

There is also a 30% chance of drizzle expected over the eastern interior of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in the morning and evening.

Temperatures

Minimum temperatures on Friday will be cold over the south-western interior around Sutherland and cool throughout the rest of the country. 

Sutherland in Northern Cape remains the coldest place in SA, dropping to 9°C.

Maximum temperatures will be cool along the south coast along the Garden Route and Eastern Cape and its adjacent interior, as well as southern Mpumalanga. It will be very hot in the northern part of the Northern Cape, hot in central Northern Cape and the west coast, and warm across the rest of SA.

The hottest place in SA will once again be Upington in Northern Cape which will reach a high of 36°C.

Pretoria in Gauteng will be 31°C, while Johannesburg will reach 29°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a high of 30°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach 30°C, while Durban in KwaZulu-Natal will be 27°C. Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape will reach 23°C.

Courtesy: News24

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