The South African Weather Service has issued weather warnings for large parts of the country, saying that some thunderstorms are expected to become severe this afternoon and evening over the central and southeastern parts of Mzansi.
A yellow level-2 warning was issued as thunderstorms are expected to intensify this afternoon in the entire Free State and adjacent parts of the Northern Cape, North West, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. The weather service says residents should expect strong to damaging winds, hail and heavy downpours leading to localised flooding.
“Apart from the interior of the Western Cape, the western parts of the Northern Cape and the central and eastern parts of Limpopo where no rainfall is forecast at this stage, citizens across other parts of the country could experience scattered (60%) to isolated (30%) showers and thundershowers. Furthermore, strong winds may affect some poorly anchored informal settlements over the central areas of the country.”
Moving into Saturday, there’s a level 1 warning for disruptive rain leading to localised flooding expected along the Wild Coast and adjacent interior of the Eastern Cape.
The forecasts for tomorrow, published at 15:30 on Friday for the major cities and towns across the country, include a very high UVB sunburn index expected in Pretoria and surrounds, and a moderate UVB sunburn index in Cape Town and Durban. Near gale-force winds are predicted for Gqeberha from late morning.
Maximum temperatures across the country will range from cool in the higher tens to pleasant in the low 20s.
For further updates, visit the weather service’s website www.weathersa.co.za or follow its official social media accounts and its WeatherSmart app.
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