Weather Update: 40°C high sees extreme fire warning in place for western half of SA

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Cape Town - Winter has barely bid SA goodbye, with a scorching start to the week ahead - bringing with it extremely hazardous fire conditions to large parts of SA.

The South African Weather Service has issued a warning for most of the Western, Eastern and Northern Capes, saying high fire danger conditions can be expected across the provinces on Monday, 4 September. 

The fire warning however did exclude the southern Overberg District in the Western Cape and the north-eastern parts of the Northern Cape.

Strong winds

Fanning the fire warning across the affected provinces, the SA Weather Service warns that strong north-westerly of up to 65km/h can be expected across the southern parts of the Northern Cape, central Karoo of the Western Cape and north-western parts of the Eastern Cape on Monday and Tuesday. 

With a high fire danger warning in place, the first week of spring will also see a heat belt across this part of South Africa - with Vredendal as the hottest place in SA on Monday reaching a high of 40°C. That's right it's not even summer yet. The rest of the affected provinces will see maximum temperatures hovering in the mid to late 30s °C.

Despite the expected heat across the West Coast District this week, it is also one of the most opportune times to check out the Spring Flower Season. 

SANParks' Merle Collins confirmed told Traveller24 last week that "despite lower than expected winter rainfall, another spectacular season is currently underway". The West Coast National Park boasts an annual flower season of note, usually until the end of September.

SEE: PICS: SA's West Coast flower season kicks in and it's beautiful! Want to share your spring pics with us? Email info@traveller24.com or tag and message Traveller24_SA on Instagram.

No Rain, Cape water crisis continues

For the rest of the country it will be a fine and mild day. However, no rain has been forecast across the country for Monday.

On Sunday, 3 September the City of Cape Town announced Level 5 water restrictions would see further a 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.” See News24's latest report here.

Dam storage levels were at 34,2% with useable water at 24,2% last week. Collective consumption is at 599 million litres of water per day. This is 99 million litres above the target of 500 million litres. 

Temperatures for your city

The coldest places in SA will once again be Sutherland in Northern Cape, dropping to -1°C on Monday. The Western Cape's Vredendal is scorching at 40°C. 

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

In Gauteng, Pretoria will reach a warm 25°C and Johannesburg will be 24°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a high of 23°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach hot 30°C, KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will reach 26°C, while Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will also be a sizzling 31°C. 

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