Weather Update: Central SA to brace for heavy rainfall

Cape Town - While the Western Cape continues to battle relentless fires in hot and dry conditions, the Free State, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal will receive heavy rainfall over the next two days - following flooding in certain areas.

SEE: WATCH: Northern Cape, Free State, Eastern Cape flood after heavy rain

The South African Weather Service forecasts that the central parts of South Africa can expect a wet weekend ahead. Friday will see heavy rainfall over the extreme north-eastern parts of the Eastern Cape, the south-western parts of the KwaZulu-Natal and southern and eastern parts of the Free State. An 80% chance of rain can be expected on the central escarpment, affecting Bloemfontein in the Free State, as well as Newcastle, Ladysmith and Giant's Castle in KZN.

The rest of the Eastern Cape and KZN can expect a 60% chance of rain, while the central parts of the Northern Cape, as well as the northern parts of Mpumalanga and Limpopo can expect a 30% chance of rain. 

Temperatures 

As Western Cape firefighting authorities hazard serious fire danger conditions, temperatures in the province are expected to be mild on Friday but climb considerably on Saturday. On Friday Cape Town can expect a high of 24°Cs, while Vredendal and Beaufort West will both climb to 31°Cs.


SEE ALERT: Table Mountain trails closed due to Simon’s Town fires

Upington in the Northern Cape will be the hottest place in SA on Friday, reaching a high of 37°C. Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach a high of 26°C, while Pretoria will reach a maximum of 29°C and Bloemfontein in the Free State will peak at 28°C.

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Along the rest of the coastal regions of SA Durban on the East Coast will be a hot 32°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will see a high of 25°C.

This is what the forecast for the next 4 days looks like in the major cities in SA: 

CAPE TOWN 

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