Weather Update: Coastal rain for parts of SA, fire dangers persist

Image: Chanté Petersen
Image: Chanté Petersen

Cape Town - It’s a mixed bag of extremes with minimal rain in parts along the South and East Coast, as fire dangers continue across the central regions of SA.

Rain and Fire dangers 

On Monday 31 July, the Western Cape can expect a 30% chance of rain across the Southern Cape region in the evening, while a 30% chance of rain can also be expected along KwaZulu-Natal extending from East London all the way up to the north-eastern parts of Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the western, central and southern parts of the Northern Cape, the western interior of the Eastern Cape and in places over the Western Cape as we head into the new week.  

Vredendal, Riversdale, George and Oudtshoorn will all tip the Mercury at 30°C on Monday. Cape Town is also expected to sizzle at 28°C.

'Shocking over-consumption as drought continues in Western Cape

The high fire danger alert, unseasonably hot temperature and lack of rainfall does not bode well for the drought-stricken Western Cape. Level 4b restrictions still apply in Cape Town as the consumption falls more than 100 million litres short of the target.

Last week the Cape had 17,4% usable water left, compared with 37,6% at the same time last year.

SEE: Cape’s water crisis: Tourism sector continues to raise awareness

On Thursday, 27 July 2017, Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille stated she was shocked at the over-consumption still taking place in the Western Cape, pleading with all in the region to limit their usage to 87 litres a day.  

"Since the new target was implemented on 1 July, we have not even come close to 500 million litres, with shocking over consumption of 643 million litres per day in the past week," says De Lille. 

ALSO SEE: Extreme Weather: DEA working on SA adaption strategy for climate change

Temperatures across SA

Minimum temperatures across the northern parts of the country will start of very cold, with conditions warming up across most of SA.

On Monday the coldest place in SA will be Sutherland in the Northern Cape, dropping to -3°C.

Maximum temperatures will be cool to warm across the northern regions of the country, with a hot belt causing the fire dangers extending across parts of the Western and Northern Cape. 

The warmest places in SA on Monday will be Vredendal in the Western Cape with a high of 33°C. 

Click here to see the specific forecast for your city over the next few days

In Gauteng, Pretoria will reach 23°C and Johannesburg will be 20°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a high of 24°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach 28°C, KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will be 24°C and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be a warm 21°C. 

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