Heavy rains and severe storms over parts of South Africa this Easter weekend.
The South African Weather Service wishes to advise the public that the current showery conditions over the central and eastern parts of the country are expected to persist during this Easter long weekend.
The public is also advised that there is a high likelihood of heavy rains on Good Friday 29th March 2013 and Saturday 30th March over the northern, eastern and southern parts of the Northern Cape, western Free State, the Eastern Cape and southern KwaZulu-Natal. These conditions are expected to persist over parts of the Northern Cape and Eastern Cape on Sunday and Monday. A cut-off low pressure system in the mid to upper levels of the atmosphere and a ridging surface high pressure will be responsible for these adverse weather conditions.
As consequence of heavy rains, the river and stream systems will begin flowing strongly and thus the public is warned about the danger of road and flash-flooding.
Very un-stable atmospheric conditions are expected to result in a possibility of severe thunderstorms (producing one or more of large hail, strong damaging winds and heavy downpours) from Friday until Monday in places over the Northern Cape, North West, Free State, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. The public is further reminded of the danger of lightning during thunderstorms.
Elsewhere, a cold front will arrive in Cape Town on Thursday resulting in rainy and windy conditions over the Cape Metro, Cape Winelands and the Overberg Districts. These conditions are expected to break on Good Friday but it will become windy in places over the Cape Metro.
For the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town on Saturday 30th March 2013, runners can expect rain-free but windy (south-easterly) and cooler conditions.
Satellite image super-imposed with radar for 11:00 27 March 2013, © Eumetsat 2013 is showing widespread thundershowers over North West, Free State and Eastern Cape.
The public is advised to follow weather forecasts regularly on television and radio as well as at www.weathersa.co.za. Information is also available on twitter account @saweatherservic.