Weather Update: Rainfall in SA's east while dry, hot conditions are expected in the west

Cape Town - The weekend is off to a wet start in eastern parts of SA, as South African Weather Service (SAWS) has forecast heavy rainfall across the eastern and north-eastern provinces on Friday evening, 16 February, into Saturday, 17 February.

While SAWS has not issued any severe weather alerts for Saturday, on Friday it issued a watch for heavy rain leading to localised flooding in places over the south-eastern parts of Limpopo, northern and north-eastern parts of Mpumalanga and northern KZN.


On Saturday, a 60% chance of rain is forecast over the central and northern parts of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KZN.

A 30% chance of rain is expected over the rest of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KZN, over the extreme northern parts of North West and Gauteng, extreme eastern part of Free State, and eastern Lesotho and Eastern Cape as well as along the entire coastal region of Eastern Cape.


No rain is expected over drought-stricken Cape Town on Saturday. The City of Cape Town confirmed that Day Zero has been moved from 11 May to 4 June. Level 6b water restrictions are in effect from 1 February, which requires all to drop their daily use to 50 litres pp/day or less. 

ALSO SEE: #WaterCrisis: 9 Cities also inching closer to their own #DayZero

The latest data from the City of Cape Town indicate that dam storage level is at 24.9%. This is a weekly decrease of -0.6%. The week's average daily production of all water sources was at 526Ml/day, which is still above the target of 450Ml.


Minimum temperatures on Saturday will be cool in the southern and central interior, and mild to warm throughout the rest of the country.

The coldest place in SA will once again be Sutherland in Northern Cape, dropping to 11°C.

Maximum temperatures will be cool along the coastal and eastern parts of Eastern Cape, eastern Free State and western Lesotho. It will be very hot in the northern part of Northern Cape, and hot throughout the rest of the Northern Cape and northern parts of Western Cape, as well as the northern border of Limpopo. It will be warm throughout the rest of SA.

The hottest place in SA will be Upington in Northern Cape, reaching a very hot 37°C.

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

Pretoria in Gauteng will be a hot 31°C, while Johannesburg will reach 28°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a warm 30°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach a very hot 32°C, while Durban in KZN will be 27°C. Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape will be a mild 24°C.

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