Cape Town – Heatwave conditions in SA's Western Cape and Northern Cape are expected to continue throughout the weekend, the South African Weather Service says.
A special weather advisory was issued on Thursday, 20 April, warning of a heatwave conditions expected in the coastal areas of the Northern Cape, West Coast District, south-western parts of the Cape Winelands and Cape Metropole of the Western Cape until Sunday, 23 April.
The warning comes after MEC for local government Anton Bredell said on Wednesday, 19 April, warned that Western Cape residents must start preparing for possible flooding when the winter rains arrive to break the drought.
The winter rainfall, however, is only expected later in the season, the South African Weather Service says.
As the Western Cape and Northern Cape drought intensifies, warm conditions have once again been forecast across the entire country for Friday, 21 April.
The only rain expected leading up to the weekend will be in SA's northernmost parts in central Limpopo and Mpumalanga on Friday, 21 April, where a 30% chance of rain is possible.
According to the City of Cape Town on Tuesday, 18 April, dam levels have declined to a further 24,1%, another 1% down from a week ago. With the last 10% of a dam’s water mostly not being useable, dam levels are effectively at 14,1%.
Consumption over the past week is 685 million litres per day, which is 15 million litres under the collective usage target of 700 million litres per day. Read News24's story here.
Regardless of Cape Town finally hitting its collective water usage target, the City of Cape has started the reduction of water pressure in certain areas - including Blackheath, Kleinvlei, Kuils River, Delft, Macassar, Firgrove, Somerset West, Strand, Gordon’s Bay, and Sir Lowry’s Pass Village - in an effort to reduce water losses through leakage in pipework.
Maximum temperatures will be cool over the eastern interior, otherwise warm but hot to very hot in the extreme west along the coast.
Minimum temperatures will be very cold over the southern and eastern interiors otherwise cold but cool along the coast and in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
The hottest place on Friday will again be Vredendal in the Western Cape, reaching a high of 37°C.
Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach 21°C while Pretoria will reach 25°C. Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a high of 26°C.
Along the rest of the coastal regions of SA, both Cape Town in the Western Cape and Durban on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal will reach 24°C, while Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will be 25°C.
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