As temperatures spike across the country, SA Weather Service (SAWS) warns that high fire danger conditions and severe thunderstorms can be expected in parts of SA on Thursday, 28 December.
On Thursday, SAWS warns that extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the interior of the Northern Cape, western parts of the North West, extreme western parts of the Free State, and the Western Cape's west coast district, Cape metropole and winelands.
SAWS also issued a watch for severe thunderstorms expected in places over western parts of KwaZulu-Natal.
A 30% chance of rain is expected on Thursday over eastern parts of Eastern Cape, north-eastern parts of Free State, most of Lesotho's east, across all of KZN, most of the southern parts of Gauteng and Mpumalanga, as well as central North West.
Minimum temperatures on Thursday will be cold in the western, southern and eastern interiors, and cool across the rest of the country. The coldest place in SA will be Sutherland in the Northern Cape, dropping to 6°C.
Maximum temperatures will be cool over Eastern Cape's south coast and the Garden Route, and warm across the southern interior, east coast and northern interior. It will be hot in the western and central parts of SA as well as the north-eastern border, and very hot in the northern part of Northern Cape. The hottest place in SA will once again be Upington in Northern Cape reaching a scorching 38°C.
Pretoria in Gauteng will reach a hot 31°C, Johannesburg will be 30°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will reach a scorching 34°C.
Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape and KZN's Durban will both be a warm 27°C, while Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape will see a mild 23°C.