Weather Update: Fire warning and gale force winds on Sunshine Coast

Cape Town - The week will kick off with gale force winds on the Sunshine Coast, fire warning for Northern Cape and 60% rain for eastern interior of SA on Monday 2 October.

There's scattered showers forecast for the central and eastern provinces of South Africa, with 60% chance rain over Swaziland, eastern Free State, norther Eastern Cape, western KZN and southern parts of Mpumalanga. 

The fire warning for the Northern Cape continues.

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Gale force winds

Northeasterly gale force winds between 60 to 70 km/h is expected between Plettenberg Bay and East London on Monday evening.

Fire warning

The SA Weather Service warns that extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the northern parts of the Northern Cape.

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The Cape water crisis continues

The Western Cape continues to experience severe drought conditions. Water usage remains critical as the City of Cape Town announced that the Level 5 water restrictions would see further increase in pressure management. 

“There is now a new emphasis on capping excessive water use at the domestic household level and placing additional restrictions on the commercial sector.”

ALSO SEE: Cape's water crisis won't stem international travel growth

According to News24's latest report, dam storage levels have dropped and the average level is 37.4%, with only 27.4% of the water being useable. Collective consumption has gone down to 614 million litres of water per day. This is 114 million litres above the target of 500 million litres.

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 Monday will be very cold Sutherland and Grahamstown, cool on the West Coast, KZN coast, North West and eastern parts of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. The rest of the country will be cold.

The coldest place in South Africa will be Sutherland in Northern Cape, at 5°C.

Maximum temperatures will be hot in the Western Cape with cool temperatures in the interior, Alexander Bay and Eastern Cape coastline. Northern Cape, North West, KZN and the border provinces will be warm. 

The hottest places in the country will be Worcester in the Western Cape, reaching a sweltering 37°C.

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

Gauteng's Pretoria will reach a hot 30°C and Johannesburg will be 27°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will be a cooler 23°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach a hot 31°C, while KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will be a mild 24°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will reach 22°C.

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