Gaut­eng tem­per­a­tures to drop over the week­end as dam lev­els dip

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS - MATLHATSI DIBAKWANE

matlhatsi.dibakwane@inl.co.za A COLD snap is set to sweep into Pre­to­ria this week­end af­ter a few weeks of rel­a­tively warm weather.

The SA Weather Ser­vice yes­ter­day cau­tioned the pub­lic to pre­pare for a sig­nif­i­cant drop in tem­per­a­tures from to­day. Me­te­o­rol­o­gists said the cold front was ex­pected to hit Gaut­eng last night, and it was noth­ing to be alarmed about since it was not yet sum­mer.

“This is nor­mal win­ter con­di­tions; cloudy con­di­tions and small chances of driz­zle can be ex­pected. Pre­to­ria will ex­pe­ri­ence very cool air on Satur­day, but the weather does not look good at all on Sun­day for the city, as it will be very cold. But peo­ple must be glad the cold front will clear on Mon­day,” the weath­er­man said.

The south of Gaut­eng can ex­pect the cold­est con­di­tions than other parts of the prov­ince, with a driz­zle ex­pected to­day, which will be good news for the Vaal River Sys­tem.

The de­creas­ing lev­els in the Vaal River Sys­tem had a cor­re­spond­ing im­pact on the sys­tem. The sys­tem, which was at 83.9% last week, de­creased by 0.4% this week and is sit­ting at 83.5%, the De­part­ment of Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion said.

Dur­ing this time last year the sys­tem stood at a firm 79.3%.

The Vaal River Sys­tem con­sists of 14 dams, which are the back­bone of the com­mer­cial cap­i­tal of Gaut­eng, sup­ply­ing un­in­ter­rupted wa­ter to house­holds and in­dus­try sec­tor.

The de­part­ment said the 14 dams had shrunk slightly.

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