January 1: good beach weather in CT, but chance of rain in Durbs

2014-12-31 13:38

If you’re planning to hit Cape Town’s busy beaches to welcome 2015, you’re in luck – but if you’re in Durban you’ll need an umbrella for rain, not heat.

The mercury in the Mother City is tipped to hit 26 degrees tomorrow, with sunny skies and moderate wind.

In Durban, the picture is a lot greyer: it’ll hit 27 degrees, but forecasters predict rain and fairly strong north-easterly winds.

But the SA Weather Services say there won’t be any heavy rainfall until the weekend, and that an average high of 27 degrees and an average low of 13 degrees can be expected for this week across the nation.

If you are going to the beach, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has some suggestions for having fun without getting into trouble.

Here’s how to do that:

» swim at beaches where lifeguards are on duty;

» always obey lifeguards’ instructions;

» only swim within safe, marked areas;

» if you’re on a vessel or craft of any sort, remember to wear a lifejacket at all times when you’re on the water;

» for those on boats and other vessels, carry easily accessible safety equipment like red distress flares, a cellphone or VHF radio with fully charged batteries in water tight plastic sleeves, a waterproof torch, a silver emergency foil blanket and a referee whistle to wear around your neck; and,

» let a responsible person know your time of departure on a vessel, your exact intended route and estimated return time. Then check in with them when you return safely.

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