Weather Update: Heavy rainfall expected in coastal, eastern regions of SA


Cape Town - The South African Weather Service has issued an alert for severe thunderstorms expected along the eastern escarpment between Queenstown and Matatiele in the Eastern Cape, spreading to the extreme south-western parts of KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday, 2 February. 

A 60% chance of rainfall has also been forecast over the area for Thursday. The Overberg region can also expect a 60% chance of rain, while the Garden Route coast from Cape Agulhas to Plettenberg Bay can expect an 80% chance of rain. 

Elsewhere in the central and southern parts of the Western Cape, across the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Gauteng, North West province as well as the extreme south-western parts of Mpumalanga and the central and eastern parts of the Northern Cape, a 30% chance of rain can be expected. 

ALSO SEE: #BeWaterWise: Cape hotels get creative as city's water levels dip below 39%

In the Northern Cape, despite the slight chance of rain, the SA Weather Service has also issued an alert for extremely high fire danger conditions expected in the central interior of the Northern Cape on Thursday morning. 

More rain is expected to increase again towards the start of the weekend, the South African Weather Service forecast. 

In the Northern Cape and Western Cape especially, the drought and water crisis in the area continues. 

The City of Cape Town said in a statement on Monday, 30 January, said that the amount of water it has access to is less than the dam levels reported because of the difficulty in extracting the last 10% of water in dams.  

"With the last 10% of a dam's water being unusable, city supply dam levels could be seen as effectively around 29.2%," the city said. Dam levels dropped to 39.2% on Monday, a decrease of 1.3% from last week.

On Wednesday, dam levels dipped even lower to below 39%. 

Want to know how much water you should be saving?

See this map that allows you to check the status of your province and your local dams. This data is provided by the Department of Water and Sanitation.  

Temperatures 

Temperatures across the country will be warm on Thursday, except in the central parts of the Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal where it will be very hot. 

The hottest place in the country will be in the Richard's Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, expected to reach a high of 36°C.

Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach a high of 22°C, while Pretoria and Bloemfontein in the Free State will peak at 32°C.

Click here to see the specific forecast for your city

Along the rest of the coastal regions of SA, Cape Town will reach a high of 27°C, while Durban on the East Coast can expect a sizzling high of 32°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will see a high of 24°C.

This is what the forecast for the next 4 days looks like in the major cities in SA: 

CAPE TOWN 

ALSO SEE: SA Insider Guide: Cool weekend vibes in Cape Town

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