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With the recent rainfalls and subsequent flooding, along with several holidaymakers planning to travel long distances, the question now stands, what does the weather have in store for the long weekend?
The South African Weather Service (SAWS) says rain is expected this weekend across many provinces. SAWS highlights that the important message is that early access to timely and accurate forecasts and weather-related warnings will enable one to plan ahead.
Weather update for Wednesday, 13 April 2022, and Thursday, 14 April 2022:
Apart from localised rainfall, which is heavy at times, the rain will persist on Wednesday, over part of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Much of South Africa can expect a sunny, dry day, with daytime temperatures continuing to recover.
However, SAWS states that Thursday sees an upper trough starting to develop over the south-western sector of South Africa, which is expected to promote isolated light showers and thundershowers over the Cape provinces.
“The remainder of the country is expected to remain dry, although the Lowveld of South Africa and Eswatini may see a few showers or thundershowers,” the weather service states.
Weekend weather for Friday, 15 April 2022, through to Monday, 18 April 2022:
SAWS says, “On Good Friday, the upper trough is expected to intensify further, resulting in the development of an extensive band of isolated to scattered showers and thundershowers over much of the central interior.”
Consequently, the weather service highlights that North West, Free State, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal are likely to experience the return of thunderstorms, along with the risk of localised flooding and/or occurrences of hail and strong, damaging winds.
Saturday, 16 April 2022, is expected to see scattered to widespread showers and thundershowers persisting over the central provinces, spreading to include the eastern and north-eastern provinces, where further significant to heavy falls may occur at places, especially over North West, Free State, and Gauteng.
Sunday, 17 April 2022, and Monday, 18 April 2022, will see rainfall persisting over the central and eastern parts of the country.
Additionally, the low pressure is not expected to cause any further impacts on the country as it is forecasted to move away from South Africa.
SAWS highlights that it will continue to monitor any further developments relating to this weather system and will issue subsequent updates as required.
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