Thunderstorms and strong winds expected for Friday

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It will be a cool end to the week, with strong winds expected along the south coast and severe thunderstorms in the north, according to the South African Weather Service.

The following impact-based warnings have been issued:

- Yellow level 2 warning for wind resulting in difficulty in navigation at sea is expected between Alexander Bay and Hermanus, but only offshore between Cape Point and Plettenberg in the morning.

- Yellow level 1 warning for wind resulting in localised reduced visibility due to blowing dust is expected over Namakwa District.

- Yellow level 2 for severe thunderstorms expected over the north eastern part of the Northern Cape and the western parts of the North West province tomorrow.

The South African Weather Service has also issued a fire danger warning: 

-  Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected in places in the extreme northern and extreme western parts of Northern Cape.

Weather in your region:

In Gauteng it will be cloudy and cold to cool, with scattered showers and thundershowers.

The expected UVB sunburn index is moderate.

Mpumalanga is expected to be cloudy in the east with drizzle and fog patches along the escarpment, but partly cloudy and cool with scattered showers and thundershowers, but widespread in the extreme north-east.

Cloudy with widespread showers and thundershowers are expected in the north-east of Limpopo, becoming scattered in the afternoon.

Partly cloudy in the north at first in the North West, otherwise cloudy and cool to warm, with scattered showers and thundershowers.

The Free State will be partly cloudy in the west, otherwise cloudy and cool to warm, with isolated showers and thundershowers but scattered in the north.

Windy with very poor visibility in blowing sand in the west at first is expected in the Northern Cape, otherwise partly cloudy to cloudy and warm, with isolated showers and thundershowers in the northern and the north eastern-parts.

The wind along the coast will be strong southerly to south-easterly.

The Western Cape will be cool along the south coast, otherwise fine and warm to hot, but very hot in the north-west.

The wind along the coast will be strong southerly in the west, but strong to near gale force east to south-easterly in the south and south-west.

The expected UVB sunburn index is extreme.

In the Eastern Cape will be partly cloudy to cloudy and cool, becoming fine in the north and west from late morning.

The wind along the coast will be moderate to fresh easterly, becoming fresh to strong in the afternoon.

KwaZulu-Natal is expected to be cloudy and cool but cold over the interior. Scattered showers and thundershowers are expected but isolated in the west.