The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a warning for heavy rain in several parts of the country, including Gauteng where localised flooding is possible.

SAWS warned that a wet week was expected and most of the downpour was expected on Monday and Tuesday.

This is when 80 % chance of showers was expected, coupled with cool temperatures which will peak in the low to mid twenties.

Other areas to be affected include the western parts of the North West, the central and northern parts of the Free State as well as the extreme northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

SAWS explained that the weather warning was issued for these two days as more than 50 millimetres of rain was expected in a period of just 24 hours.

“This amount of rainfall could result in flooding.”

“This was considered more than usual downpours as during an average thunderstorm, only three to four millimetres of water was usually recorded.”

“From Wednesday the rainfall expected will drop to 60% and cool to warm temperatures are expected.” SAWS stated.

SAWS also said that a warning for strong gale force winds in the south west coast was issued today as well as a fire danger for the western parts of the Western Cape which is currently experiencing hot and dry weather.