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Light rain for central and western SA, gale force winds alert for Eastern Cape

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The South African Weather Service (SAWS) says high fire dangers and gale force winds alerts continue as light rainfall is expected in parts of SA.

These conditions are expected to continue on Tuesday, 29 August, with high fire danger warnings issued for the western parts of the North West, the extreme north-eastern parts of the Northern Cape, as well as the northern parts of the Free State. 

On Tuesday, gale-force winds of up to 35 knots are also expected between the Eastern Cape's Cape St Francis and Port Alfred. 

 

This follows strong winds and high seas that caused damage in parts of the country's south coast since last week Thursday, 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.

Rain

On Tuesday, a 30% chance of much-needed rainfall is predicted along the Western Cape, extending to the southern parts of the Eastern Cape through to Port Elizabeth.

A 30% chance of rain can also be expected over the central parts of South Africa, northwards as far as Welkom in the Free State, across the southern parts of the Eastern Cape near Queenstown as well as Barkley East and Elliot, down towards the coastal region near Port St John.  

Light rain could also be expected in across the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal towards Newcastle and Ladysmith. 

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.

Last week, the City of Cape Town said 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 extremely 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 Tuesday, the coldest places in SA will be Sutherland in Northern Cape and Queenstown in Eastern Cape, both dropping to -2°C. 

Maximum temperatures will be cool across most of the Southern and central parts of the country, warming more towards the north across Gauteng and Limpopo. 

The hottest place in SA on Monday will be Pietermaritzburg and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, both reaching a high of 30°C.

In Gauteng, Pretoria will reach a warm 26°C and Johannesburg will slightly cooler at 24°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 15°C, KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will reach 30°C, while Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will also be a mild 18°C. 

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