Steven Tau
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27 Nov 2015
11:53 am

Thunderstorm watch on the horizon

Steven Tau

Possibility of 'severe thunderstorms' in the Gauteng area over the weekend.

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Although a watch for severe thunderstorms has not yet been issued for today (Fri) over Gauteng, the South African Weather Services is considering doing so. At around 7am yesterday, clouds were beginning to gather, but it was only a few drops that came down.

Speaking to The Citizen, forecaster Christine Thaele said the chances are of rainfall in the province are expected to become greater today.

“We are expecting 30% chances of showers and thundershowers today, tomorrow as well as on Sunday.

“Daytime temperatures are expected to range between 32 and 35 degrees celsius today (Fri), but residents can expect a significant drop tomorrow (Sat),” said Thaele.

Maximums in Vereeniging and Johannesburg are set to be in the mid 20s and late 20s for Pretoria tomorrow. Elsewhere, similar conditions are expected over KwaZulu Natal this weekend.

In Limpopo, there is a 30% chance of rain for most of the weekend as well. Meanwhile Eskom said there are no plans to implement load shedding this weekend, provided there are no major breakdowns.

According to the power utility’s spokesperson, Khulu Phasiwe, the system has been relatively stable for the better part of this week, except for Wednesday when it was seriously constraint.

“The reason for Wednesday’s constraint was as a result of the Majuba power station’s unit 2 which had to be taken offline due to some technical issues, but everything has been sorted out,” he said.

The unit in question generates 600mw to the national grid, and had there been another unit producing anything from 600mw to the grid, there could have been a strong likelihood for load shedding, in the event the demand for electricity sky rockets, but that was never the case.

“A loss of anything more than 600mw can pose serious problems for us,” Phasiwe said.