Cape Town – The South African Weather Service warns heavy rains and thunderstorms expected in the northern interior of the Eastern Cape, south-eastern parts of the Northern Cape and south-western parts of the Free State on Tuesday, 10 January.
This as rain has been forecast across most of the country, except the westernmost parts of the Northern Cape and Western Cape, as well as Mpumalanga, the northern and central parts of the Free State and the central and northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura has called on motorists to exercise extra care on the roads as the province has experienced rainy weather for the past few days, and will be receiving more rain in the days to come.
The Premier urged motorists to drive slower with more caution as driving in rainy weather increases chances of accidents.
Severe thunderstorms are also expected in northern part of the Eastern Cape west of Barkly East for Tuesday.
On Tuesday, a 60% chance of rain can be expected over these parts, as well as the southernmost parts of the Free State and south-eastern parts of the Northern Cape.
According to South African National Civic Organisation, the next three more months of summer will see a lot of rain.
Fire dangers continue
In the western parts of the country, the SA Weather Service continued its warning of extremely high fire danger conditions expected over the Cape Metropole, Cape Winelands, West Coast District of the Western Cape and western parts of the Northern Cape.
The warning remains in place as the hot and dry conditions, paired with the notorious South Easter wind has wreaked havoc over the province’s Winelands during the first week of 2017.
Temperatures in the Western Cape are again expected to hover in the 30°Cs as Vredendal will be the hottest place in SA with 40°C.
For the rest of SA, temperatures will be cool to warm in the eastern and central parts, while the Northern Cape will be hot to very hot.
Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach a high of 28°C, while Pretoria will reach a maximum of 30°C and Bloemfontein in the Free State will peak at 29°C.
Along the coast, Cape Town will reach a high of 33°C, while Durban on the East Coast will reach 26°C. Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will see a high of 26°C.This is what the forecast for the next 4 days looks like in the major cities in SA: