The unstable weather condition in the country is assuming frightening heights.
While much-needed rain has been forecast for the country’s coastal region on Friday, 15 September, South African Weather Service says that flash flooding is expected along the south coast, while high fire danger conditions continue inland.
SA Weather Service has issued a watch that heavy rain leading to flash flooding is expected along the south-eastern coast and adjacent interior of the Eden district and between Plettenberg Bay and East London, from Friday evening and Saturday morning, 16 September.
Also on Friday, extremely high fire danger conditions continue inland and over the country’s northern parts. SA Weather Service warns that fire danger conditions are expected over the eastern area of the Northern Cape, western parts of the Free State and North West, extending to the extreme northern interior of the Eastern Cape.
On Friday, much-needed rain is expected in the Western Cape, stretching along SA’s coastal area all the way to KwaZulu-Natal’s northern border.
From Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape, SA Weather Service predicts 80% chance of rain. A 60% chance of rain is expected in the adjacent interior of the Western and Eastern Capes, stretching from Cape Town to East London.
A 30% chance of rain has been forecast from Lambert’s Bay in the Western Cape, across Eastern Cape including Grahamstown, and along KZN’s east coast including Durban.
A further 30% chance of rain has also been predicted in central Mpumalanga including Nelspruit, and Limpopo including Tzaneen.
Heavy rain is expected to continue along the coast between Plettenberg Bay and E
Although slight rain relief is expected on Friday, the Western Cape continues to experience severe drought conditions. Water usage remains critical as the City of Cape Town announced that the Level 5 water restrictions would see further increase in pressure management.
“There is now a new emphasis on capping excessive water use at the domestic household level and placing additional restrictions on the commercial sector.” D
am storage levels have dropped and the average level is 35.1%, with only 25.1% of the water being useable. Collective consumption is at 604 million litres of water per day. This is 104 million litres above the target of 500 million litres.