Weekend Weather Update: Wet Easter long weekend ahead for most of SA

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Cape Town - Most of South Africa is in for a wet Good Friday, as rainy conditions have been forecast for the long Easter Weekend - however there are no alerts or warnings in place from the South African Weather Service

Drivers are of course advised to remain cautious on the roads. 

A cold front is making its way across the country, swinging eastwards and bringing with it cool and damp conditions to central SA, extending across the North West, through the Free State and Gauteng and down to KwaZulu-Natal by Saturday 31, March.

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Rain

On Friday a 30% chance of rain can be expected over the Cape Peninsula, extending across the eastern part of the Western Cape, through to the Northern Cape. There is also a chance of light showers across the northern parts of the Free State and a central band through KwaZulu-Natal near Giants Castle.

A 60% chance of rain has been forecast across the central parts of the Eastern Cape and the southern parts of the Free State, as well as most of the Northern Cape.  

On Saturday, wet conditions are expected across the central parts of the country with a 60% chance of rain forecast for the Eastern Cape from Port Alfred through to Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. 

No rain has been forecast for the northernmost parts of SA, with Mpumalanga and Limpopo set to be warm to hot over the weekend.   

Temperatures

Minimum temperatures will be cool to warm across most of South African. Standerton in Mpumalanga is expected to be the coldest place in SA, dropping to 09°C. 

The maximum temperatures will be cool across the western half of SA, with the northern corner in for more sweltering highs.   

The hottest place in SA will be Skukuza in Mpumalanga at 36°C. 

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

Temperatures for Friday sees Pretoria in Gauteng set to reach a high of 30°C, while Johannesburg will reach 27°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 22°C, as will Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape with a high of 23°C, while Durban in KZN will be 28°C.

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