Fire danger warning in Western Cape, rainfall expected across most of SA

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Rainfall is expected across most of South Africa on Wednesday, 7 February, but drought-stricken Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay will remain dry. 

The western and northern parts of the country will be extremely hot, with most places experiencing temperatures above 30°C.

Fire danger conditions

The SA Weather Service warns of extremely high fire danger conditions expected on Wednesday over the West Coast district of the Western Cape.

Rain

On Tuesday night, 6 February, SA Weather Service warns that severe thunderstorms are forecast and observed over parts of KZN, Eastern Cape and Gauteng. Heavy downpours and hail is expected until 21:00.

On Wednesday, a 60% chance of rain is forecast over north-eastern Eastern Cape, western KZN, south-western Mpumalanga, all of Lesotho and Gauteng, as well as most of the North West and Free State.

A 30% chance of rain is expected over most of the south-western parts of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KZN, and north-eastern parts of the Eastern and Northern Capes. Drizzle is expected in the morning over central Mpumalanga and Limpopo. 

The Western Cape coast between Hermanus and George, and its adjacent interior, will also expect a 30% chance of rainfall in the early morning.

Temperatures

Minimum temperatures on Wednesday will be cool in the southern and western interior and mild to warm across the rest of the country.

The coldest place in SA will be Sutherland in Northern Cape, dropping to 11°C.

Maximum temperatures will be cool over eastern parts of the Eastern Cape and southern Mpumalanga. It will be very hot over the central western interior, hot in the Northern Cape and along the northern border of SA and adjacent interior of Limpopo. The rest of the country will be warm.

The hottest place in SA will be Vredendal in Western Cape which will reach a scorching 39°C.

Pretoria in Gauteng will be a hot 30°C, while Johannesburg will reach a warm 28°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will also be 30°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will be a very hot 31°C, while Durban in KZN will reach 28°C. Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape will see a mild 25°C.

Courtesy: News24

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