Weather Update: Rough seas off South Coast as cold front hits

Cape Town - While southern SA will be cool while the northern parts warm, Wednesday 27 September will see big waves hit the South Coast.

A cold front will hit Eastern Cape's coast and with it 30% rain. The isolated showers will stretch from Overberg to the whole of KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, northern parts of Gauteng and the extreme northeastern parts of North West.

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Rough seas warning

The South African Weather Service warns that high seas with wave heights in excess of 6m are expected along the coast between Mosselbay and East London.

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%).

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Minimum temperatures on Wednesday will be very cold in the interior, warming up further northeast to warm temperatures in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. 

The coldest place in South Africa will be Sutherland in Northern Cape, seeing a freezing -6°C.

Maximum temperatures will be cool in the southern parts of South Africa, while the northern provinces will be warmer. It will be cold in the George and Grahamstown regions.

The hottest places in the country will be Mafikeng and Rustenburg in North West, both reaching a warm 28°C.

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Gauteng's Pretoria will reach a scorching 27°C and Johannesburg will be 25°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a cool 21°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach a cool 19°C, while KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will be a warmer 22°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will reach 17°C.

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