Weather Update: Fire danger warning for Eastern Cape, heavy rainfall in SA's north-east

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Cape Town - The weekend begins with a high fire danger warning for parts of Eastern Cape, while heavy rainfall continues in SA's north-eastern region on Saturday, 7 October.

On Friday, 6 October, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) warns that sea conditions are not favourable due to nationwide high Spring tide and an influx of sharks at St Francis Bay.

NSRI issued a national spring tide warning and urged the public to be cautious around the coast over the weekend due to the full moon Spring tide conditions. "The coastline will experience stronger than normal rip currents this weekend," adds NSRI.

SEE: ALERT: Spring tide and shark warning for SA coastlines

Alerts

South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a watch for Friday night, that severe thunderstorms are expected in places over central and eastern parts of North West, Gauteng, and south-western parts of Limpopo.

Earlier on Friday, SAWS took to Twitter to warn the public about weather-related hoax messages doing the rounds on social media, advising people to "check facts through SAWS official channels" - Facebook, Twitter and its website.

For Saturday, SAWS warns that extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the extreme north-western part of the Eastern Cape.

Rain

A band of isolated to widespread showers and thundershowers is once again predicted to stretch across the entire north-eastern part of SA.

80% chance of rain is expected in southern Limpopo, western Mpumalanga, northern Gauteng and northern North West.

A 60% chance of rain is expected in northern parts of KZN, Free State and North West, southern Gauteng, and central Limpopo and Mpumalanga. 

A further 30% chance of rain is expected throughout the rest of KZN, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, as well as central Free State and North West.

ALSO SEE: Flood warning for Joburg as 'thunderstorm season' strikes

Snow 

After heavy snowfall in parts of SA during the week, Snow Report SA says "We are not expecting any further snow this weekend, but there is potential for a couple of dustings next week".

SEE: PICS: Brrrr! Surprise snow in Lesotho and Drakensberg

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 stood at 618 million litres per day. As of Monday, 02 October, the useable water left in dams stood at 27.6%. See News24's latest update here.

ALSO SEE: Cape water crisis: City reduces swimming pool access for summer

This time last year, dams were 61% full. Theewaterskloof Dam is currently at 28,4% (2016: 51%); Voëlvlei Dam is at 26,7% (2016: 66%) and Clanwilliam Dam 41,3% (2016: 100%). Brandvlei Dam is 33% (2016: 53%).

Temperatures for your city

Minimum temperatures on Saturday will be very cold in the south-western interior, cold along the southern and western coast and adjacent interior and cool throughout the rest of the country.

The coldest place in South Africa will be Sutherland in Northern Cape, dropping to a minimum of -1°C.

Maximum temperatures on Saturday will be cool across the country, and warm along the north-eastern border and most of the Northern Cape.

The hottest places in the country will be Musina in Limpopo and Upington in Northern Cape, both reaching a hot 30°C.

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

Gauteng's Pretoria will reach cool 21°C, Johannesburg will reach 20°C, and Bloemfontein in the Free State will be 25°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will see a cool 18°C, while KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will reach a high of 24°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be 21°C.

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