Severe Weather in South Africa

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Though it’s the rainy season across Equatorial Africa, that doesn’t necessarily mean the rest of the continent is dry. In fact, it’s summer south of the Equator and summer storms are frequent. Plus, strong cold fronts far south in the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean brush across South Africa with regularity at this time of year. Reports of severe weather in South Africa last week included the cities of Kokstad, Pietermartizburg and Escourt and mentioned three deaths due to lightning and several homes destroyed by flooding.

Today’s forecast includes thunderstorms, rain and clouds, with highs in the 70s (F) and overnight into the 60s (F) for locations like George, Port Elizabeth and East London. Farther north, away from the rain, temperatures will rise to near 82 for Johannesburg, Ladysmith, Pretoria while near 90 is expected for Lephalale and Musina. On the southwest coast of South Africa, Cape Town and Clanwilliam will also reach into the mid-to-upper 80s with passing showers and thunderstorms.

Image: ImpactWeather Gmaps 2.0

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