Weather Update: Wet week ahead for central parts of SA
The South African Weather Service has forecast a 30 to 60% chance of rain across the central parts of the country from Monday through to Wednesday.
No alerts have been issued as yet, with a hot spell headed to a dry Western Cape for the start of the week.
On Monday 16 April, a 60% chance of rain can be expected across the Northern Cape from Pofadder through to Calvinia, extending to Beaufort West in the Eastern Cape. A 30% chance of rain exists for the rest of the Northern and Eastern Cape as well as large parts of the North West, including most of Gauteng across Pretoria and Johannesburg, as well as the southern regions of Mpumalanga near Thohoyandou.
On Tuesday 17 April, a 60% chance of rain exists across the central regions between Northern Cape, Free State, Eastern and Northern Cape. The rest of the Northern and Eastern Cape, as well as the eastern most parts of the Western Cape can expect a 30% chance of rain, including the southern most parts of the North West.
Cool conditions with light rain can be expected across Gauteng on Wednesday, 18 April. A cold front will move in from the west across the Western Cape, bringing with it expectations of a 60% chance of rain. A 30% chance of rain can also be expected across the Garden Route and Sunshine Coast.
Minimum temperatures on Monday will be cool across the country, with cold conditions in Mpumalanga’s Standerton, Northern Cape’s Sutherland and Bethlehem in the Free State.
The coldest place in SA will be Sutherland in the Northern Cape, dropping to 7°C, while Standerton in Mpumalanga will start the day at 8°C.
Maximum temperatures will see a hot belt develop cross the Eden District of the Western Cape, while the rest of the county will be warm with cool conditions continuing across the north-eastern parts of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.
The hottest place in SA will be Vredendal in the Western Cape, which will reach a high of 36°C.
In Gauteng, Pretoria will be 26°C while Johannesburg will see a high of 24°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will also see a high of 26°C.
Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach 30°C, Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape and Durban in KZN will both see a maximum of 25°C.