Weather Update: Severe thunderstorms and rain for the Eastern and Western Cape as Limpopo sizzles

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Cape Town - With snow and severe thunderstorms expected in parts of SA, it is safe to say that we might be back in winter. 

The South African Weather Service has issued a warning for possible severe thunderstorms in the southern parts of the Eastern Cape, including Port Elizabeth and much-needed rain in the Western Cape. 

SEE: Airbnb and Wesgro to harness share economy for Western Cape with new agreement

Rain

On Tuesday, 17 October, a 30% chance of light showers can be expected starting from Upington in the Northern Cape, including Cape Town and George in the Western Cape, right up to Kwa Dukuza in KwaZulu-Natal.

While a 60% plus another 30% chance rain is forecast in Eastern Cape, including Port Elizabeth and East London.

Fire warning

Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected in places over the northern parts of the Free State, extreme northern parts of the North-West and Western Bushveld of the Limpopo province. 

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Snow 

The SA Weather Service says light snow falls can be expected on the Sneeuberg, Coetzeesberg, and Winterberg Mountains in the Eastern Cape tonight and into early Tuesday morning hours.

Although "all snow fall should come to an end by early Tuesday morning", Snow report SA forecasts that by Thursday early evening, some snow over Hogsback in the Eastern Cape can be expected. 

Cape water crisis continues

The Western Cape continues to experience severe drought conditions - with the City announcing on Monday it has activated water rationing as part of the implementation of its Critical Water Shortages Management Disaster Plan.

It says this action intensifies the preceding months of pressure management which continues to be done in an attempt to force water consumption down to required levels - as consumption remains 100 million litres above 500 million litres of collective use per day. 

Dam storage levels are at 37,4%, with useable water at 27,4%, the city confirmed on Monday, 16 October.  

ALSO SEE: Cape water crisis: How tourists can ‘Save like a local’

 

Temperatures for your city

Minimum temperatures on Tuesday will be cool in northern Western Cape and northern Eastern Cape, as well as Northern Cape and Free State. The rest of the country can expect warm temperatures, with especially hot conditions expected towards the north-east of the country. 

The coldest place in South Africa will be Sutherland in Northern Cape at -3°C.

The hottest places in the country will be Phalaborwa, Musina and Lephalale in Limpopo, reaching a sweltering 39°C each.

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

Gauteng's Pretoria will see a warm 30°C, Johannesburg will be a cool 27°C and Bloemfontein in the Free State will be a mild 19°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will see a cool 18°C, while KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will reach a high of 23°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be 18°C.

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