It’s warmer over Gaut­eng, ex­pect rain at week­end

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TEM­PER­A­TURES in Gaut­eng were ex­pected to in­crease to­day while the chance of rain­fall should sub­side.

But the SA Weather Ser­vice warned that the cool and wet con­di­tions in the prov­ince could re­turn this week­end.

SAWS fore­caster Wayne Ven­ter told The Star that clear skies were likely in Joburg and Pre­to­ria for the rest of the week. “There should be an in­crease in tem­per­a­tures in the prov­ince, with mid- to high 20s ex­pected.”

Ven­ter said there could still be rain­fall in parts of Gaut­eng this week, in­clud­ing a 30 per­cent chance of show­ers and thun­der show­ers to­day, to­mor­row and on Thurs­day.

But the down­pours were ex­pected to in­crease sig­nif­i­cantly in Gaut­eng from Fri­day and into the week­end, with a 60 to 80 per­cent chance of show­ers and thun­der­show­ers. Ven­ter added that this week­end rain­fall would also cause a drop in tem­per­a­tures.

Mean­while, rain­fall was also ex­pected in other parts of the coun­try to­day.

Ven­ter said th­ese in­cluded a 30 to 60 per­cent chance of show­ers and thun­der­show­ers in parts of the North­ern Cape, East­ern Cape, North West, Free State, Mpumalanga and Lim­popo.

Rain­fall in re­cent months across the coun­try has caused havoc on the roads, lead­ing to many deaths and caus­ing dam­age to prop­erty.

Au­thor­i­ties have urged mo­torists, pedes­tri­ans and those liv­ing near low-ly­ing ar­eas to take the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions dur­ing floods.

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