Weather Update: Cold front will hit Eastern Cape with isolated showers on SA coast

Cape Town - A light cold front will hit the the Eastern Cape east of East London on Thursday 12 October, with isolated showers on the SA coastline from Hermanus to Mozambique.

The isolated showers will hit the South Coast in the Western Cape in the morning, Eastern Cape coast in the afternoon and the KZN coast in the evening, as the cold front moves from the southwest direction to the east. 

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There are no warnings issued by the South African Weather Service, except that snow will still be visible in Lesotho and the Drakensberg range in Eastern Cape and KZN.

Cape water crisis continues

The Western Cape continues to experience severe drought conditions. Water usage remains critical and on Wednesday Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille released the city’s critical water shortages disaster plan, which would see phased rationing and saving, before a full-out disaster response.

The city also announced that it anticipated its supply of municipal water would run out around March 2018 if consumption was not reduced to 500 million litres of collective use per day.

The current collective water use has gone down to 607 million litres per day. As of Monday, 9 October, the useable water left in dams stood at 27.8%. See News24's latest update here.

ALSO SEE: Cape water crisis: How tourists can ‘Save like a local’

The City announced their new marketing campaign for the summer tourist season, 'Save like a local', which will be targeted towards visitors in order to keep the water demand down. The City will heavily rely on the tourism sector to raise awareness through billboards, signs at tourist spots and to drive digital campaigns on their online platforms.

Temperatures for your city

Minimum temperatures on Thursday will be cold in central SA and southwest interior, with cooler conditions as you spread outwards to the coast. The Mozambique border will be warmer.

The coldest place in South Africa will be Sutherland in Northern Cape, dropping to just above freezing at 2°C.

ALSO SEE: PICS: SA weather is having a rough week with storm in Gauteng, snow in Eastern Cape

The western parts of Eastern Cape will have cold maximum temperaturs while the rest of the province and Western Cape remain cool, as well as the Free State. Northern provinces will be warm, with hot temperatures in Limpopo and northeastern parts of Mpumalanga.

The hottest place in the country will be Skukuza in Mpumalanga, reaching a hot 33°C.

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

Gauteng's Pretoria will reach a mild 27°C, Johannesburg will reach 25°C, and Bloemfontein in the Free State will be a warm 29°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will see a mild 18°C, while KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will reach a high of 24°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be 19°C.

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