Flash flooding is expected along SA’s south coast, while fire danger conditions continue inland on Friday, 15 September.
Cape Town – While much-needed rain has been forecast for the country’s coastal region on Friday, 15 September, South African Weather Service says that flash flooding is expected along the south coast, while high fire danger conditions continue inland.
SA Weather Service has issued a watch that heavy rain leading to flash flooding is expected along the south-eastern coast and adjacent interior of the Eden district and between Plettenberg Bay and East London, from Friday evening and Saturday morning, 16 September.
Also on Friday, extremely high fire danger conditions continue inland and over the country’s northern parts. SA Weather Service warns that fire danger conditions are expected over the eastern area of the Northern Cape, western parts of the Free State and North West, extending to the extreme northern interior of the Eastern Cape.
On Friday, much-needed rain is expected in the Western Cape, stretching along SA’s coastal area all the way to KwaZulu-Natal’s northern border.
From Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape, SA Weather Service predicts 80% chance of rain. A 60% chance of rain is expected in the adjacent interior of the Western and Eastern Capes, stretching from Cape Town to East London.
A 30% chance of rain has been forecast from Lambert’s Bay in the Western Cape, across Eastern Cape including Grahamstown, and along KZN’s east coast including Durban.
A further 30% chance of rain has also been predicted in central Mpumalanga including Nelspruit, and Limpopo including Tzaneen.
Heavy rain is expected to continue along the coast between Plettenberg Bay and East London on Saturday.
Cape water crisis continues
Although slight rain relief is expected on Friday, the Western Cape continues to experience severe drought conditions. Water usage remains critical as the City of Cape Town announced that the Level 5 water restrictions would see further 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.”
According to News24’s latest report, dam storage levels have dropped and the average level is 35.1%, with only 25.1% of the water being usable. Collective consumption is at 604 million litres of water per day. This is 104 million litres above the target of 500 million litres.
Temperatures for your city
Minimum temperatures on Friday will be warm on the east coast and cool to cold across the rest of the country.
The coldest place in South Africa on Friday will be Sutherland in Northern Cape, dropping to 3°C.
Maximum temperatures on Friday will be cool along the coast, warm in the southern interior and north-eastern parts, and hot in SA’s northern interior over Northern Cape, Free State and North West.
The hottest place in the country will be Upington in Northern Cape, reaching a hot 35°C.
Gauteng’s Pretoria will reach a hot 32°C and Johannesburg will be 30°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a high of 33°C.
It will be cooler along the coastal regions. Cape Town in the Western Cape will be a cool 18°C, while KwaZulu-Natal’s Durban will see a mild high of 23°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be 21°C.