Northern Cape fire watch continues as damp conditions set for SA's eastern parts

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The Northern Cape can expect very hot conditions, as scatter showers are forecast for the central and eastern parts of South Africa.  

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) says on Tuesday, 6 March the norther interior of the Namaqualand and the central and eastern parts of the Northern Cape should be on alert for fire-hazardous conditions. Hot and dry conditions can also be expected across the northern-most parts of Limpopo.  

Slightly cooler conditions will be in place over the coastal regions of the Eastern Cape, towards Port Elizabeth, East London and Port St John.

Rainfall 

SAWS warns a 30 to 60% chance of rain can be expected across the central regions of SA on Tuesday. Rain has been forecast across the North West, Gauteng, the eastern parts of the Free State, most of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal as well as the southern-most parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. 

While the water situation is said to be relatively stable across the 30 municipalities across the province, the latest average level, for dams across the Western Cape, is 20.83% - compared to 30.09% for the same time last year. 

According to the latest measurements the system of dams that supplies the City of Cape Town is at an average of 23.23% full, compared to last week's 23.7%. 

 

Temperatures

Minimum temperatures on Tuesday will see a belt of cool conditions across the central parts of SA extending from the Winelands district in the Western Cape, through the Northern Cape and across the Drakensberg region towards Lesotho. Warmer temperatures can be expected in the Northern Cape's Upington and Musina in Limpopo.   

Sutherland in Northern Cape will be the coldest places in SA, dropping to a cool 10°C.

Most of SA's maximum temperatures will be warm, with very hot conditions expected over the Northern Cape. The hottest place in SA will once again be Upington in Northern Cape, which will reach a sizzling 38°C.

Pretoria in Gauteng is set to reach a high of 32°C, while Johannesburg will reach a hot 28°C.  Bloemfontein in the Free State will be slightly warmer at 33°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal will reach a high of 28°C, while Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape will reach a high of 26°C.

Courtesy: News24

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