There is good news. The rainfall experienced over the past few days, particularly in the northeastern parts of the country, is expected to continue today and into the weekend, the SA Weather Service said yesterday.
Yesterday, forecaster Christina Thaele said the chances of rainfall could increase from 30% to 60% in the extreme south of Gauteng, including Vereeniging, which is not far from the Vaal Dam.
The dam’s levels have dropped dramatically.
“The chances are also expected to increase on Saturday to 60% in the south, west and eastern parts of the province,” Thaele said.
“At the moment, we are seeing a possibility of severe thunderstorms.”
Temperatures are forecast to remain in the warm category for the better part of this weekend. Maximums in Vereeniging, Johannesburg and Pretoria are expected to range between 29°C and 33ºC.
In the Free State, residents can also expect similar conditions to Gauteng, but with a bit more action, while in North West there is a 60% chance of rainfall in the central parts today.
Tomorrow and on Sunday, the chances of rain are expected to drop to 30%. In Limpopo’s Lowveld, temperatures are likely to increase significantly, cooling slightly on Sunday.
Thaele said residents in Mpumalanga’s Lowveld areas could also expect an increase in temperatures today. Tomorrow is expected to be the hottest day of the weekend.
“In KwaZulu-Natal, temperatures in the northern parts of the province are also expected to be on the rise today, but significant cooling is expected to set in on tomorrow and Sunday.
“In terms of rainfall, the better chances are expected over the southern parts today where there is a 60% chance and for the entire province tomorrow and on Sunday,” Thaele said.