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High fire danger, gale force wind and rain in parts of SA

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The week is off to a rough start as South African Weather Service (SAWS) warns of high fire dangers, gale force winds and unseasonal rainfall in different parts of the country on Monday, 28 August.

On Monday, high fire danger conditions are expected over the central and eastern parts of the Northern Cape including Upington, western parts of the North West as far as Bloemhof and western parts of Free State including Bloemfontein. The northern and north-western interior of the Eastern Cape as far as Elliot, and central Karoo of the Western Cape will also expect high fire danger conditions.

According to SAWS, strong winds are expected over the central and eastern parts of the Northern Cape on Monday.

 

SA Weather Service also issued a watch for gale force westerly winds of 65-70km/h expected in the Eastern Cape, between Cape St Francis and Port Alfred, overnight on Monday into Tuesday 29 August.

This follows strong winds and high seas that caused damage in parts of the country's south coast from Thursday night, 24 August. On Friday 25 August, travellers were urged to take caution in the Eastern Cape's coastal areas as high seas that caused damage had resulted in some areas being closed.

Garth Sampson of SAWS told Traveller24 that on Sunday 27 August, "windy and cold conditions are expected over the Eastern Cape with strong south-west to southerly winds."

SAWS also warns that fog patches and low cloud is possible on Monday morning in places in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, eastern Free State and northern KZN.

 

Rain

On Monday, a 30% chance of rainfall is predicted along the north-eastern part of the country, covering the eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal including Vryheid, Mpumalanga including Ermelo, and Limpopo including Polokwane.

A 60% chance of rain is also expected over the south-eastern part of Limpopo as far as Tzaneen, and the north-eastern part of Mpumalanga including Nelspruit.

Drought conditions continue

Despite recent rainfall in the Western Cape, water shortages and restrictions remain in place, and the City of Cape Town urges residents to further reduce their water usage during the unseasonably dry weather.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille announced that the city has been granted R20.8m from the National Disaster Management Centre to mitigate the effect of the ongoing drought.

 

The City of Cape Town says that dam storage levels are at 32,5%, which means useable water is at 22,5%. "Collective consumption is 629 million litres per day, which is 129 million above the target of 500 million litres per day needed to build reserves for the expected harsh summer ahead". 

 

Temperatures across SA

Minimum temperatures will be very cold in the south-western interior, cold along the south coast and northern interior of the country and cool along SA's east coast and northern border.

On Monday, the coldest places in SA will be Sutherland in Northern Cape and Queenstown in Eastern Cape, both dropping to 0°C. 

Maximum temperatures will be hot in the northern part of the Northern Cape around Upington, and warm in the central interior and northern part of Limpopo. It will be cold in the north-eastern interior and cool throughout the rest of the country.

The hottest place in SA on Monday will be Upington in Northern Cape, reaching a high of 33°C.

In Gauteng, Pretoria will reach a mild 23°C and Johannesburg will be cool 21°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a high of 26°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach 22°C, KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will reach 23°C, while Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will also be a mild 23°C. 

Courtesy: News24

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