Weather Update: Cool across most of the country as Sutherland sinks to -7°C

Cape Town - The week continues with a cool start across most of the country, with minimal rain expected in parts along the east coast and north-eastern region on Tuesday 8 August.

The South African Weather Service has issued no severe weather alerts for Tuesday however, minimal unseasonal rain is expected along the eastern parts of SA, with a potential cold front hitting Cape Town on Friday.

Rain

No rain is expected over most of the country, with only 30% chance of rain expected in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Mpumalanga, including Nelspruit.

Although SA Weather Service forecasts no rain in Port Elizabeth and its main catchment areas for the week ahead after heavy rainfall over the weekend, there is a possibility of follow-up rains expected over the coming weekend.

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Over the weekend, Port Elizabeth recorded the highest rainfall with 69mm. However, while SA Weather Service recorded an "impressive 24 hour rainfall" measured at 08:00am on Saturday morning, SA Weather Service's Garth Sampson warns that "it will not have any major impact on the dam levels and thus on the drought situation".

SEE: Cape Water Crisis: Water consumption 'remains far too high' 

Lunar eclipse

Monday evening will see a partial lunar eclipse, which will be visible in eastern parts of the country, especially on Eastern Cape's coastal areas. It will be most visible between 19:30 and 21:15.

Drought conditions continue

Cape Town is currently implementing Level 4b restrictions, and the City of Cape Town says dam storage levels are at 27,9% which means the amount of useable water is at 17,9%.

Water usage is 642 million litres per day – 142 million litres above the city target of 500 million litres of collective water use per day. See the latest report here.

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

On Thursday 27 July, 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. 

Temperatures across SA

Minimum temperatures will be cold in the interior with cool temperatures along the coastal areas of South Africa, including Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Springbok.

On Tuesday, the coldest place in SA is Sutherland in the Northern Cape, dropping to -7°C.

Maximum temperatures will be warm along SA's northern border and cool throughout the rest of the country.

The warmest places on Tuesday will be Musina in Limpopo, reaching a high of 28°C. 

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

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

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach 22°C, KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will be 23°C and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be a mild 20°C. 

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