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Damage due to severe thunderstorms in Krugersdorp on Monday 9 October 2017.

What causes large damaging hail to form?

On Monday, a line of severe and destructive thunderstorms went through Gauteng, resulting in large hail stones, flooding and ‘mini-tornadoes’ also known as funnel clouds. So what causes a short lived thunderstorm to develop into a severe thunderstorm with hail? VIDEO - Hail stones damaging a car windscreen in Gauteng on Monday 9 October 2017 In [...]

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Tuesday rain and pressure map

Significant rains are expected to affect most parts of South Africa over the next few days.

An unsettled few days of weather is expected for South Africa with wet weather forecast to affect both the summer and winter rainfall regions of the country. For today (Tuesday) patchy light rain and strong to gale force NW winds are expected to affect the SW Cape due to an approaching cold front and sharp [...]

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Weekend rainfall accumulation, European Model

Extreme heat to affect northern areas of KZN tomorrow with a black SE expected in the SW Cape over the weekend.

Parts of northern Kwazulu-Natal are likely to swelter through the hottest day of spring so far tomorrow with temperatures of up to 42C expected. The hot spell of weather, which began last week Wednesday over northern parts of South Africa has consistently led to temperatures of around 30C over the highveld and over 35C over [...]

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Table of September climate records that were broken.

Sixteen climate records broken due to early spring heat in parts of South Africa.

Yesterday’s berg winds have led to multiple climate records being broken in parts of western and southern South Africa. The hottest temperature in the country was recorded at Vioolsdrift in the Northern Cape where 38.9C was observed. This was closely followed by Clanwilliam and Vredendal in the Western Cape which recorded maximum temperatures 38.6C and [...]

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Maximum temperatures and wind on Monday.

Early spring hot spell to affect South Africa from Sunday.

An early spring hotspell will affect South Africa from Sunday until Wednesday next week. Berg wind conditions will lead to temperatures of 30C plus on Saturday along the west coast. On Sunday these conditions are likely to spread to the Cape Town area before affecting large swathes of coastal South Africa on Monday and Tuesday. [...]

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Satellite image of Hurricane Harvey about to make landfall. (NASA/NOAA GOES Project)

Why are cyclones less severe in South Africa than the USA – A comparison between Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Cyclone Dineo.

Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 hurricane, made landfall late in the evening of the 25 August 2017 off the coast of Texas in the USA. At landfall, the hurricane had wind speeds reaching 215km/hr and a central pressure (in the eye) of 938hPa. In the days that have followed, there has been flooding due to [...]

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Easter Weekend Weather

Easter Weekend Weather

SAWS MEDIA RELEASE: With South Africa going into the Easter Weekend, the north-eastern parts of the country can expect settled weather conditions, but the western and central parts can expect rain and thunderstorms. Special weather advisories are in effect for Saturday and Sunday for gale force north-westerly winds on Saturday and high seas (6 to 9m) along [...]

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Widespread Showers and Thundershowers

Figure 1: Rainfall map of South Africa. Source:  www.africaweather.com Widespread showers and thundershowers will reach most parts of North-West, northern and eastern Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, southern and western Limpopo and Mpumalanga today. The forecasted rainfall is due to the upper-air trough system situated along the west coast of the country, drawing a band of tropical moisture [...]

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Christmas Weekend to See Thundershowers over the Eastern Provinces of South Africa and rough seas along the coast

South African Weather Services Media Release  Christmas Weekend to See Thundershowers over the Eastern Provinces of South Africa and rough seas along the coast   With the Christmas weekend ahead of us, South Africans can experience warm to hot conditions over much of the country on Christmas Day. In the afternoon of 25 December 2015, scattered [...]

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Brave the rain, for we did ask for it

The expected rainfall throughout the country comes as a relief to us all.  The cooler temperatures, the cloud covers throughout and the expected rainfall, certifies that this weekend will be a gloomy one. Figure 1: Overview map of South Africa for 20 November 2015. Rainfall expected throughout the country. Source:  www.africaweather.com The South Africa Weather Services [...]

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