Weather Update: Rainy weekend expected across SA


Cape Town - The South African Weather Service has issued an alert for severe thunderstorms expected over the north half of the Eastern Cape and the south-western parts of the Northern Cape on Saturday, 4 February. 

Heavy rain leading to localised flooding is also expected in the western parts if the North West province, western and central parts of the Free State, north-eastern part of the Northern Cape and north-eastern interior of the Eastern Cape over the weekend. Across the region, there will be a 80% chance of rain on Saturday. 

A 60% chance of rainfall can be expected over the adjacent areas, in the eastern parts of the Northern Cape, over the Eastern Cape and southernmost parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

Over the rest of the Northern Cape, except in the western parts, as well as the rest of KwaZulu-Natal and along the coast in Cape Town, 30% chance of rain can be expected. 

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

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

Despite the good rain over most of SA, the Northern Cape and Western Cape especially, remains in the grip of a water crisis. The City of Cape Town said earlier this week 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 on Saturday will be cool to warm but hot in the northernmost parts of the country in Limpopo and in the Northern Cape.  

Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach a high of 24°C, while Pretoria will be 30°C and Bloemfontein in the Free State will peak at 22°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 20°C, while Durban on the East Coast can expect a high of 33°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will see a high of 25°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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