Hot long weekend predicted for most of SA

South Africans are in for a hot long weekend, with extremely high fire danger conditions expected in places over the western parts of the Northern Cape and the west coast district of the Western Cape.

Temperatures

Warm to hot temperatures are expected over the central, northern and western parts of the country, with cool to mild weather forecast for eastern parts of South Africa on Friday 28 April. Maximum temperatures will be between the late 20s and early 30s.

The hottest places will be Vredendal in the Western Cape reaching an extremely hot 40°C.

Bethlehem in the Free state and Vryburg in the North West will be the coldest place in SA on Friday, with a minimum of 6°C.

Johannesburg in Gauteng will be 23°C while Pretoria will reach a mild 25°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a high of 26°C.

Durban on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal will reach a warm 27°C, while Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will reach a scorching 34°C.

Cape Town will reach a hot 31°C. The drought continues in the Western Cape, and the City of Cape Town is monitoring water consumption with a collective usage target of 600 million litres per day.

Mild to warm conditions are expected across the country on Saturday and Sunday, with hot weather forecast for the Western Cape.

Rain

While the word 'rain' trended on South African Twitter on Wednesday after rain fell in the dry western region, the South African Weather Services forecast a 30% chance of rain over a small region of the country on Friday 28 April.

A 30% chance of rain is expected in north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal including Vryheid, eastern Mpumalanga including Ermelo, and south-eastern Limpopo including Phalaborwa.

The rest of the interior and coastal regions will be dry and mild.

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