Another cold front passing over the Western Cape tomorrow along with a band of showers and thundershowers over the Karoo and off the south coast during the day ahead of the front. Below the current satellite picture of the front to the west of the country.
Isolated showers and thundershowers expected over the Central Karoo early tomorrow morning which will move southwards towards the south coast from late morning into the afternoon. Chances of lightning sparse but could spark further fires. Rainfall amounts over the Karoo and south coast expected very little (2-10mm).
Cold front moving in from the west during the morning bringing rainfall over the western parts of the Western Cape (10-20mm generally and 25-35mm over the western mountains). Rain expected during the morning and continuing into Sunday morning over the western parts.
Mainly pooling, but localized flooding may occur over the Cape Metropole and Overberg during the day since ground already wet from the system that passed on Wednesday.
Northerly to north-westerly winds expected to pick up over the most of the Western and Northern Cape interior already in the early tomorrow morning (6-8am) to 50-60km/h. However gale force winds (60-70km/h and gusting between 80-90km/h) is expected over southern Northern Cape, Central and Little Karoo during the morning and spreading to south coast by late morning. These winds will make it difficult for helicopter flying to aid in fighting the fires.
Winds will start dropping by tomorrow evening, but still very gusty. Significant drop expected into Sunday morning.
Because of the strong winds and dry conditions new fires may spark and also lead to runaway fires as the wind carry them.
|Severe Weather Alerts|
|1. Extremely high fire danger conditions expected over the Karoo areas as well as the Eden District tomorrow (Saturday).
2. Gale force northerly to north-westerly winds of 62-70km/h expected over the southern interior of the Northern Cape as well as the Karoo areas and the Eden District from tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, subsiding in the evening.
|Localized urban flooding is expected in places over the Cape Metropole as well as the western parts of the Overberg District tomorrow (Saturday).|
|Strong winds are expected over the Northern and Western Cape interior tomorrow (Saturday).|