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More rain in Western Cape, mild conditions across most of SA

More rain in Western Cape, mild conditions across most of SA

While no severe weather alerts have been issued for Tuesday 13 June, South African Weather Service advises that a cold front and rain is expected in parts of the Western Cape.

Rain

On Tuesday 13 June the South African Weather Service predicts 30% rainfall across the coastal region of the Western Cape, stretching from Langebaan, across Cape Town and just over Hermanus.

The rest of the country will be cool and dry.

Water shortages continue

While rain is expected on Tuesday 13 June, the water shortage in the Western Cape continues and Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy, Cllr Xanthea Limberg says "we need continuous rainfall over many weeks for our dam levels to reach sufficient levels."

"It will at least take three consecutive winters of above-average rainfall to make a real difference," says the City of Cape Town.

Limberg confirmed the City of Cape Town is investigating a range of emergency solutions, including the rental of desalination units, that could altogether yield a supply of up to 500 million litres per day.

The water crisis remains dire for the Western Cape as dam levels fall further, and the City of Cape Town on 31 May approved Level 4 water restrictions, which came into effect from 1 June. This limits residents to 100 litres of water per person, per day. 

A state of disaster has been declared in Kouga (Eastern Cape) as the drought continues across the region, and Knysna Municipality is also requesting assistance with water.

The fire damage done to the Garden Route is being labelled a disaster zone in South Africa, and there is a nation-wide plea to continue to provide aid. According to SANParks, "scientists have suggested spontaneous combustion could be the cause behind the 300-km fire line".

 

Temperature

On Tuesday 13 June the minimum temperatures will range from cool to cold across most parts of SA.

Maximum temperatures will be warm along the east coast, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. It will be cold to very cold in the central interior of the Northern Cape, Free State and North West, and very cold in the western region of the Western Cape.

On Tuesday, Sutherland in Northern Cape will be the coldest place in the country, dropping to -5°C.

The hottest places in SA on Tuesday is Skukuza in Mpumalanga and Phalaborwa in Limpopo, both seeing a high of 31°C.

Pretoria in Gauteng will reach a maximum of 24°C, while Johannesburg will reach 23°C and Bloemfontein in the Free State will reach a cool 22°C.

Along the coasts, Cape Town in the Western Cape will be a cold 15°C, Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will reach 24°C, while Durban on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal will reach a warm 26°C. 

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