Workers' Day brings rain relief to dry Western Cape

Workers' Day brings rain relief to dry Western Cape

Following a blazing hot couple of days over the Freedom Day long weekend, the South African Weather Services forecast mild and overcast conditions leading in the new week and month along the South African coastline on Monday, 1 May. 

The holiday will also bring rain relief in some of the driest parts of the country. 

Rainfall 

Workers' Day will see rainfall along the southern coast and adjacent interior over the extremely dry Western Cape. While Cape Town can expect a 30% chance of rain on Sunday evening, 30 April, to the early hours of Monday, the rain will move in an easterly direction over the rest of the province. 

The Western Cape is in the grips of a continuing drought, with water restrictions being implemented across the City of Cape Town already.

Rain can be expected over most of the Western Cape on Monday, except on the westernmost coastline. The westernmost parts of the Eastern Cape can also expect a 30% chance of rain on Monday. 

The rain is expected to continue moving in an easterly direction into the rest of the week. 

In the northernmost parts of the country over the eastern parts of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the northernmost tip of KwaZulu-Natal, a 30% chance of rain can also be expected on Monday. 

Temperatures

Monday sees mild maximum temperatures across the country, all hovering within the 20s and low 30s. 

The hottest place will be Umtata in the Eastern Cape reaching a maximum of 32°C.

Bethlehem in the Free state and Sutherland in the Northern Cape will be the coldest places in SA on Monday, with a minimum of 3°C.

Johannesburg in Gauteng will be 24°C while Pretoria will reach 25°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a high of 25°C.

Along the coasts, Cape Town cools down significantly on Monday, reaching a cool high of only 20°C.

Durban on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal will reach a warm 28°C, while Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be a maximum of 25°C.

 Courtesy: News24

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