Weekend Weather Update: Flood alerts continue for north-eastern SA as cold front heads towards the Cape

Cape Town - Heavy rain is causing havoc across most of Gauteng, as the SA Weather Service (SAWS) warns localised flooding alerts in the north-eastern parts of the country will continue into the weekend.

SAWS forecasts localised flooding conditions can be expected over the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the eastern parts of Mpumalanga on Saturday, 24 March.

UPDATE: Fallen trees, traffic and flooding - rain wreaks havoc in Johannesburg
 


Rain

Heading into the weekend, rainy conditions are set to continue with an 30% chance of rain over most of the Free State, the north-eastern parts of the Northern Cape and well as the Eastern Cape. A 30% chance of rain can be expected over the entire Limpopo province and the northern areas of Mpumalanga. 

Initially no rain had been forecast for the Western Cape - however an approaching cold front will bring with it a 60% chance of rain for the drought-hit province on Saturday, easing to a 30% chance of showers over the coastal parts on Sunday.   

SEE: #WaterScarcity: Living the water-less life during National Water Week

Temperatures

Minimum temperatures on Saturday will be cold in the southern interior, progressing to cool and warm across the rest of the country. 

Sutherland in Northern Cape and Bethlehem in the Free State will be the coldest places in SA, dropping to 09°C.

Maximum temperatures will remain cool over the eastern parts of Free State and Gauteng, with warmer conditions over most of the eastern parts of the country, as well as the Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.  

The hottest place in SA will be Upington in the Northern Cape at 31°C.

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

Temperatures for Saturday sees Pretoria in Gauteng set to reach a high of 25°C, while Johannesburg will reach 24°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will be 22°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach a maximum of 20°C, and Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape will see a high of 23°C, while Durban in KZN will be 28°C.

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