Cold front, wet weather on its way


The Citizen (Gauteng) - - FRONT PAGE - Chi­som Jen­nif­fer Okoye – jen­nif­[email protected]­ti­

30%-60% chance of rain over the cen­tral and east­ern parts and 80% chance in south­ern east­ern parts.

Af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a heat­wave that sent tem­per­a­tures rock­et­ing to over 40ºC in parts of the coun­try, South Africa may be in for some re­lief as the na­tional weather fore­caster pre­dicts a cooler and wet­ter week ahead.

This comes af­ter parts of the coun­try ex­pe­ri­enced what the South African Weather Ser­vice termed “high fire dan­ger con­di­tions” over the week­end due to the ex­tremely hot, dry and windy con­di­tions.

While sev­eral parts of the coun­try had ex­pe­ri­enced swel­ter­ing tem­per­a­tures, ac­cord­ing to re­ports these were nowhere near the tem­per­a­ture in a vil­lage in the Northern Cape, Vioolsdrif, that al­legedly reached a record break­ing 51ºC. How­ever, the ser­vice later re­leased a state­ment say­ing the tem­per­a­ture read­ing was pre­lim­i­nary and upon in­ves­ti­ga­tion found to be in­valid.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the station where this swel­ter­ing tem­per­a­ture was mea­sured had re­cently had its sen­sors re­placed, and they had not been fully re­li­able, thus the record-break­ing tem­per­a­ture was in­valid. Vioolsdrif had in the past, how­ever, hit tem­per­a­tures as high as 46.2°C.

Fore­caster Kumsa Ma­sizana said re­lief from the heat­wave was well on its way as it was ex­pected to have left the east­ern parts of the Northern Cape, parts of the Free State and North West by yes­ter­day.

How­ever, she said it would only com­pletely dis­si­pate from the other parts of the coun­try – par­tic­u­larly the North­east­ern prov­inces – to­day as a cold front was ex­pected to come into the coun­try and make land­fall.

She added that the cold front would only touch the south­ern prov­inces be­fore mak­ing its exit from the coun­try, leav­ing be­hind cool air. As a re­sult of the cold front, she said: “There will be a 30%-60% chance of rain over the cen­tral and east­ern parts of the coun­try and an 80% chance in south­ern east­ern parts in­clud­ing the east­ern parts of the East­ern Cape and KwaZulu-Na­tal.

She warned that there could be se­vere thun­der­storms and lo­calised flood­ing while the rest of the coun­try would have cooler tem­per­a­tures.

She said the cool­ing tem­per­a­ture would go on for the rest of the week un­til Fri­day with a 30% to 60% chance of iso­lated to scat­tered thun­der show­ers ex­pected in the cen­tral and east­ern parts of the coun­try.

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