Severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and flooding forecast for parts of SA

Cape Town - The South African Weather Service has warned severe thunderstorms can be expected in the Eastern Cape and the western parts of KwaZulu-Natal. 

Extremely hot temperatures across most of the country have eased somewhat, with a 60% chance of rain across parts of the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal coastline - But Limpopo's Musina and Phalaborwa could still expect highs of 40°C+.

READ: Heatwave forces parts of SA to down tools

The SA Weather service said heavy rain could be expected in the Eastern Cape , with localised flooding forecast in the Little Karoo and parts of the Eden District in the Western Cape.

Pretoria can expect a high of 35°C, Bloemfontein 32°C, Durban 29°C and Cape Town 25°C.   

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Earlier in the week, the Addo Elephant Park reached an all-time high of 46.6°C, since measuring started in the province in 2005. While the forecast rain is good news, South Africa is still in the midst of its worst drought in decades. As has been well documented, the drought is being exacerbated by an exceptionally strong El Nino weather pattern. 

As is typically the case, this El Nino has brought drier conditions to southern Africa and wetter ones to east Africa.

WATCH: World's Hottest Year - Effects of the El Nino explained

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