SA fire danger conditions persist while severe thunderstorms approach

Cape Town - The South African Weather Service has warned of extremely high fire danger conditions expected in western parts of the Northern Cape. 

South Africans are also expected to watch for severe thunderstorms in places over the Free State as well as the extreme north-eastern parts of the Eastern Cape. 

On Tuesday, 12 January, the SA Weather Service also issued an alert for localised flooding over the entire Gauteng, the southwestern bushveld of Limpopo, eastern parts of the North West, northern parts of Free State and the southwestern Highveld of Mpumalanga. 

SEE ALERT: Flooding expected in northern parts of SA

On Monday afternoon Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) issued an urgent warning of wildfires spreading over the park, fuelled by the gale force south easterly wind. 

Areas along the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth, and KwaZulu-Natal cane expect up to 60% chance of rainfall. 

Maximum temperatures expected for the Northern Cape, Gauteng and The Karoo will be hot to very hot with Upington reaching 37°C, Kimberly 33°C, Pretoria 33°C and Johannesburg 30°C. 

READ: SA summer heat breaks 21 records: What's going on with the weather?

Areas of Limpopo are also expected to feel the heat with Phalaborwa reaching 38°C, Musina 37°C and Lephalale 34°C while also feeling cold minimum temperatures dropping to 15°C.

The Western Cape can expect moderate to warm temperatures on Thursday with Cape Town reaching 25°C, Riversdale 26°C, George 23°C and Oudtshoorn 26°C. 

Minimum temperatures for Port Elizabeth is a cool 19°C, Cradock 18°C and Umtata 17°C. 

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ALERT: Gale force southeaster fuelling Cape fires - 1 000ha already burnt

Wind speeds are expected to reach 40kmph in Cape Town.

Firefighters will remain on the line in the Scarborough area of the Western Cape, ensuring that the area is safe.

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