Weather Update: High temperatures and fire danger conditions across most of SA


Cape Town - High temperatures and fire danger conditions are expected across most of South Africa on Thursday, 21 September, with light rain forecast along the south coast and central interior.

Fire warning

South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a warning of extremely high fire danger conditions over the interior of the Northern Cape, Breede River Valley and Karoo areas of the Western Cape, central and northern interior of the Eastern Cape, and western parts of both the Free State and North West.


Light rainfall is expected on Thursday morning over central Mpumalanga including Nelspruit, and eastern Limpopo, over Tzaneen.

On Thursday afternoon, SAWS predicts a 30% chance of rain over the eastern half of Eastern Cape including Graaff-Reinet, the south-eastern part of Northern Cape including Prieska, the southern half Free State over Bloemfontein, all of Lesotho, and the south-western parts of KwaZulu-Natal including Pietermaritzburg.

Cape water crisis continues

With minimal rainfall throughout the Western Cape, the province 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 37.5%, with only 27.5% of the water being useable. Collective consumption has gone up to 624 million litres of water per day. This is 124 million litres above the target of 500 million litres.

This time last year, dams were 61% full. Theewaterskloof Dam is currently at 28,8% (2016: 51%); Voëlvlei Dam is at 26,7% (2016: 66%) and Clanwilliam Dam 39.8% (2016: 100%). Brandvlei Dam is 32% (2016: 53%).

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Temperatures for your city

Minimum temperatures on Thursday will be cool along the west and south coasts, and SA's interior. It will be warm along the northern border and east coast.

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

Maximum temperatures will be warm to hot for the whole country and very hot in the northern parts of the Northern Cape.

The hottest place in the country will be Upington in the Northern Cape, reaching a scorching 38°C.

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

Gauteng's Pretoria will reach a hot 31°C and Johannesburg will be 30°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a high of 32°C.

Along the the coasts, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach 22°C, while KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will see a high of 27°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will reach 26°C.

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