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The South African Weather Service warned of adverse weather conditions over the central and eastern half of the country from Monday, 27 April 2020, continuing into Wednesday, 29 April 2020…

Heavy downpours, severe thunderstorms, cold temperatures as well as snow (on the Drakensberg), can be expected, according to the service.

The weather system responsible for this is called a cut-off low pressure, which is a deep, closed low pressure that is displaced equatorward of the main westerly flow. Widespread rainfall, in the form of showers and thunderstorms, will start Monday (27 April) across the central and southern provinces and slowly move eastwards during the late afternoon and evening.

Rainfall accumulations of 20 to 40 mm in a 24-hour period are expected, with some areas possibly exceeding 50 mm. Due to the ground already being mostly saturated over the central and eastern interior of the country, these showers will result in localised flooding of susceptible roads, low-lying areas and bridges. The Wild Coast and adjacent interior can expect significant rainfall on Tuesday evening, resulting in flooding of roads and settlements.

Sever thunderstorms, hail and damaging winds

Severe thunderstorms with large amounts of small hail as well as strong, damaging winds are expected over the central interior on Monday (Fig. 1 left), shifting slightly eastwards on Tuesday (Fig. 1 right). These storms could result in localised damage to settlements as well as localised structural damage

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Map showing areas where severe thunderstorms are predicted on Monday and Tuesday (C) SAWS 2020

Cold temps and snowfall

Cold temperatures are also expected over the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and parts of the Highveld including Gauteng, especially on Tuesday. Snowfall (5 to 10 cm) is expected on the Drakensberg and Maluti mountains from Monday afternoon (27 April 2020).

Predictions for today (Tuesday, 28 April 2020)

Heavy rainfall leading to flooding is expected along Wild coast and adjacent interior of the Eastern Cape.

Severe thunderstorms with heavy downpours leading to localised to widespread flooding are expected over Gauteng, eastern and central parts of the North West, Free State except in the north west, southern parts of Mpumalanga, and western and southern parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

1. Gauteng:

Cloudy and cold with widespread showers and thundershowers.

The expected UVB sunburn index: Low

2. Mpumalanga:

Warm in places in the eastern Lowveld, otherwise cloudy at times and cool to cold with scattered showers and thundershowers but isolated in the north-east.

3. Limpopo:

Warm in places in the extreme north otherwise cloudy at times and cool with isolated thundershowers but scattered in the west.

4. North-West Province:

Morning fog patches in the south-west, otherwise cloudy and cool, becoming partly cloudy from the west from the afternoon. Scattered showers and thundershowers are expected, but widespread over the central and eastern parts where it will be cold in places.

5. Free State:

Morning fog patches in the west, otherwise cloudy and cold, becoming partly cloudy from the west from late afternoon with scattered showers and thundershowers, but isolated in the north-west.

6. Northern Cape:

Cloudy along the coast in the morning and in the east with morning fog patches, otherwise partly cloudy and cool to warm with isolated showers and thundershowers in the extreme east. It will be cool in the south.

The wind along the coast will be moderate to fresh south-easterly to easterly.

7. Western Cape:

Partly cloudy to cloudy along the south coast and over the interior in the morning otherwise fine and cool to warm.

The wind along the coast will be moderate to fresh south-easterly to easterly but strong between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas as well as along the south coast in the afternoon.

The expected UVB sunburn index: Very High

8. Western Half Of The Eastern Cape:

Cloudy and cold, but cool along south coast and adjacent interior with isolated showers and rain but scattered in the east.

The wind along the coast will be moderate south easterly, becoming fresh north easterly by late afternoon.

9. Eastern Half Of The Eastern Cape:

Cloudy and cold with scattered showers and rain, but cool in places along Wild Coast where widespread showers and rain is expected.

The wind along the coast will be moderate to fresh south westerly, becoming south easterly overnight.

10. Kwazulu-Natal:

Morning fog over the interior, otherwise cloudy and cool to cold, but very cold in the south-western high ground. Widespread scattered showers and thundershowers are expected but scattered in the north.

The wind along the coast will be moderate to fresh southerly to south-westerly.

The expected UVB sunburn index: Moderate

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