CAPE TOWN – Much-needed rain in parts of the Western Cape is expected to continue throughout the week, the South African Weather Service says.
Strong winds and high seas
Gale force winds of between 64 to 75km/h between the Cape Point and Cape Agulhas on the south-west coast can be expected, with the South African Weather Service issuing a warning of high seas with wave height of 6 to 7m between Cape Point and Port Alfred by Tuesday afternoon, 20 June.
On Tuesday, a 30% chance of rain exists across the coastal region of the Western Cape and parts of the Eastern Cape, stretching from Cape Town across George and Plettenberg Bay, as far as Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape in the morning.
In the afternoon, a 30% chance of rain also exists for the northern parts of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, stretching from the towns of Umtata as far as Durban and Richards Bay in Kwazulu Natal.
In the evening, there is also another 30% chance of rain existing in the northern parts of Kwazulu Natal and Mpumalanga, stretching from Vryheid as far as Graskop.
Cape water crisis still dire
The water situation in the Western Cape, however, remains critical as Level 4 water restrictions are still in place, with users urged to keep consumption below 100 litres per day, per person. As a result, the City of Cape Town says it is on a drive to build water resilience and has since requested possible temporary water solutions, as it aims to take a new approach to water management.
Conditions continue to be very cold to cool across the interior of the north-western parts of SA on Tuesday, warming only slightly later in the day.
The hottest places in SA will be Musina in Limpopo seeing a high of 27°C. The coldest place in SA will be Standerton in Mpumalanga, Bethlehem in the Free State followed by Craddock and Graaf-Reinet in the Eastern Cape – all four cities dropping to 01°C.
Gauteng’s Pretoria will see a high of 22°C and Johannesburg will be slightly cooler at 21°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a cool 18°C.
Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will be a nippy 15°C, while KwaZulu-Natal’s Durban will see a high of 23°C and Port Elizabet
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