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Very hot conditions will affect parts of W & central SA today- 13 March 2018

Very hot conditions will affect parts of W & central SA today, the highest temperatures are likely to occur over the W interior of the EC with temperatures of up to 40ºC Kirkwood 40ºC Uitenhage 38ºC Grahamstown 37ºC Beaufort West 36ºC PE 34ºC  https://www.africaweather.com/za/gauteng/johannesburg-weather/overview/359669 https://www.africaweather.com/za/kwazulu-natal/durban-weather/overview/359605 https://www.africaweather.com/za/western-cape/cape-town-weather/overview/359565 https://www.africaweather.com/za/limpopo/polokwane-weather/overview/359767 Android | iOS

Cut-off low to the SW of Cape Town late on Thursday - blue indicates that the atmosphere is unstable.

With thunderstorms expected in the SW Cape today, what lies ahead weatherwise for the next 10 days?

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to pass through the SW Cape and Cape Town from later this afternoon and into this evening (Tuesday). This is unusual weather for this part of South Africa and is more difficult to accurately forecast for due to thunderstorms being very hit and miss in nature. The difficulty of [...]

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2pm temperature and wind speed on Saturday.

Cold, wet and windy spell of weather to affect eastern areas of South Africa on Thursday and Friday and the highveld on Saturday.

A cold and unsettled spell of weather is expected for large areas of South Africa between Thursday and Saturday this week. A cold front will affect the SW Cape and Cape Town tomorrow (Wednesday) leading to a few showers in the morning, the front and showers will become more isolated as they move up the [...]

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Fig.2: SAM forecast for the next couple of weeks, source NERC

What is causing the recent spring rains over Cape Town and what lies ahead for the next couple of weeks?

The SW Cape and Cape Town have been unseasonably cold over the last few days with multiple cold fronts affecting the region.  With another cold front forecast to make landfall tonight, what is driving the cold fronts to affect southern parts of the country at this time of year? The answer to this is understanding [...]

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Damage due to severe thunderstorms in Krugersdorp on Monday 9 October 2017.

What causes large damaging hail to form?

On Monday, a line of severe and destructive thunderstorms went through Gauteng, resulting in large hail stones, flooding and ‘mini-tornadoes’ also known as funnel clouds. So what causes a short lived thunderstorm to develop into a severe thunderstorm with hail? VIDEO - Hail stones damaging a car windscreen in Gauteng on Monday 9 October 2017 In [...]

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Tuesday rain and pressure map

Significant rains are expected to affect most parts of South Africa over the next few days.

An unsettled few days of weather is expected for South Africa with wet weather forecast to affect both the summer and winter rainfall regions of the country. For today (Tuesday) patchy light rain and strong to gale force NW winds are expected to affect the SW Cape due to an approaching cold front and sharp [...]

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Weekend rainfall accumulation, European Model

Extreme heat to affect northern areas of KZN tomorrow with a black SE expected in the SW Cape over the weekend.

Parts of northern Kwazulu-Natal are likely to swelter through the hottest day of spring so far tomorrow with temperatures of up to 42C expected. The hot spell of weather, which began last week Wednesday over northern parts of South Africa has consistently led to temperatures of around 30C over the highveld and over 35C over [...]

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Table of September climate records that were broken.

Sixteen climate records broken due to early spring heat in parts of South Africa.

Yesterday’s berg winds have led to multiple climate records being broken in parts of western and southern South Africa. The hottest temperature in the country was recorded at Vioolsdrift in the Northern Cape where 38.9C was observed. This was closely followed by Clanwilliam and Vredendal in the Western Cape which recorded maximum temperatures 38.6C and [...]

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Maximum temperatures and wind on Monday.

Early spring hot spell to affect South Africa from Sunday.

An early spring hotspell will affect South Africa from Sunday until Wednesday next week. Berg wind conditions will lead to temperatures of 30C plus on Saturday along the west coast. On Sunday these conditions are likely to spread to the Cape Town area before affecting large swathes of coastal South Africa on Monday and Tuesday. [...]

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Satellite image of Hurricane Harvey about to make landfall. (NASA/NOAA GOES Project)

Why are cyclones less severe in South Africa than the USA – A comparison between Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Cyclone Dineo.

Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 hurricane, made landfall late in the evening of the 25 August 2017 off the coast of Texas in the USA. At landfall, the hurricane had wind speeds reaching 215km/hr and a central pressure (in the eye) of 938hPa. In the days that have followed, there has been flooding due to [...]

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Easter Weekend Weather

Easter Weekend Weather

SAWS MEDIA RELEASE: With South Africa going into the Easter Weekend, the north-eastern parts of the country can expect settled weather conditions, but the western and central parts can expect rain and thunderstorms. Special weather advisories are in effect for Saturday and Sunday for gale force north-westerly winds on Saturday and high seas (6 to 9m) along [...]

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