Here's your weather forecast for the long weekend

12 April 2017

What to expect across SA.

You may be one of the lucky few already at your holiday destination, but most folks have yet to hit the road for their various long-weekend adventures.

So the big question is: what’s the weather going to be like?

YOU spoke to Annette Venter, meteorologist for eNews, so that you know what to pack and what to leave behind for the weekend ahead.

She has good news for those looking forward to sitting cosily by the fireside and bad news for those who hoped they’d be lazing on the beach.

Cool, cloudy and wet weather – that’s what’s being predicted.


There’ll be a severe cold front which will have the southwest regions reaching for jerseys and jackets. But there’s good news! The cold front will bring much-needed rain which wall fall throughout the night and into Thursday over parts of the Western Cape.



And then it gets cooler still…Cloudy conditions are predicted for the Western and Eastern Cape. And you should opt to stay indoors as strong winds are set to hit the south coast.


Then the cold front moves to the interior of the country. If you find yourself in the Northern Cape, Free State, North West, Gauteng or the interior parts of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, you can expect cloud cover and humidity.


Keep warm clothes on hand for Friday. The cold front will cause mostly overcast, cool and wet conditions. There may even be light rains along the South coast and temperatures are expected to reach about 20°C.

According to Annette, the interior of the West and Northern Cape will be cool but the sun will make an appearance later.

Stormy and overcast conditions are predicted for the Northeastern parts of South Africa. At the same time, the bushveld, Gauteng, Highveld and parts of the Lowveld will also receive heavy rains.

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Be prepared for temperatures of just under or over 20°C. In Gauteng, Johannesburg can expect 19°C while Pretoria can expect 22°C.


The cold front will still be going full steam ahead with cold and overcast conditions predicted for the eastern parts of the country.


The temperature will remain at about 20°C for Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. In the northeast there may be a few unexpected showers.


Capetonians and visitors to the Mother City can look forward to a sunny and warm Easter Sunday with temperatures reaching 26°C.


Most of the rains over the interior will have dried up and as a bonus the mercury in Cape Town will rise to about 31°C.

The eastern regions of the country will experience the fresh autumn air with cloudy conditions and temperatures of just over 20°C. Keep an umbrella on hand for the possibility of light showers.

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