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Widespread showers expected as temperatures cool down across most of SA

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Widespread showers and thundershowers are expected across most of the country on Thursday, 8 March, bringing cooler temperatures in parts.

While a 30%-80% chance of rain can be expected in central and eastern SA, western parts - particularly the drought-stricken parts of Western and Northern Capes continue to remain dry.

Alerts

Thunderstorms expected in eastern parts of Eastern Cape and across KwaZulu-Natal. 

Rainfall

On Thursday, SAWS predicts 80% chance of rain over eastern parts of Eastern Cape, extreme southern parts of Free State, and across all of Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal.

A 60% chance of rain can be expected across central Eastern Cape, the rest of Free State, south-eastern North West, all of Gauteng and Swaziland, and southern Mpumalanga.

A 30% chance of rain is expected across the rest of Eastern Cape, North West and Mpumalanga, as well as over southern Limpopo, eastern Northern Cape, and extreme eastern parts of Western Cape as well as the south coast and Garden Route. 

Temperatures

Minimum temperatures on Thursday will be warm along SA's east coast and north-eastern parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. It will be cold in parts of the south-western and central interior, and cool throughout the rest of SA. 

Sutherland in Northern Cape will be the coldest place in SA, dropping to 9°C.

Maximum temperatures will be cool along the Garden Route, eastern parts of Western Cape, most of the Eastern Cape and central Free State. It will be hot to very hot in north-eastern parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, hot in northern parts of Northern Cape and the northern KZN coast, and warm across the rest of the country.

The hottest place in SA will once again be Skukuza in Mpumalanga, reaching a high of 38°C.

Pretoria in Gauteng is set to reach a high of 27°C, while Johannesburg will reach 24°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will be 26°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach 24°C, Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape will see a high of 23°C, while Durban in KwaZulu-Natal will be 27°C.

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