Cape Town - Scattered showers are expected ahead of a rainy weekend in parts of SA.
The South African Weather Service says a steep upper air trough and surface trough remain in the west, causing isolated to scattered showers and thundershowers over the western, central and south-eastern parts of the country on Thursday, 18 August.
A 60% chance of rain is expected across the interior over the eastern parts of the Western Cape, the southern parts of the Northern Cape and most of the Eastern Cape. Surrounding areas can expect a 30% chance of rain.Minimum temperatures will be very cold in the south-west, otherwise cold, but cool along the coast and in the north-west. Maximum temperatures will be cool over the western, central and eastern interior otherwise warm.
Scattered showers persist on Friday. The south-western interior can expect a 30% chance of rain and the south coast from Cape Agulhas to Port Elizabeth can expect a 60% chance of rain. Temperatures will be mostly warm, but cool over Gauteng, the Free State and the Western Cape.
Rain shifts east on Saturday as the cold front passes SA. A 30% chance of rain is expected over most of the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, the eastern parts of the Eastern Cape and southern parts of Mpumalanga. It will be mostly warm, but cool in the Western Cape, the Free State and Gauteng.
Temperatures for Thursday will see Johannesburg in Gauteng reach a high of 21°C, Pretoria will reach a maximum of 23°C and Bloemfontein in the Free State will reach 20°C.
Along the coast, Cape Town will reach a high of 23°C, Port Elizabeth will reach 20°C and Durban will reach a mild 25°C.
Sutherland in the Northern Cape will drop below freezing point to -2°C, the coldest temperature in SA for the day.
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