Rain, cooler weather expected for Midlands

After more than a week of searing heat, rain is expected to arrive in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Tuesday evening, bringing with it relief from the heat wave that has gripped the country in the past 10 days.

The SA Weather service expects temperatures to peak at about 31C in Mooi River on Tuesday but then go down to about 14C overnight. There will be about 10mm rainfall overnight with more than 20mm both on Wednesday and Thursday.

On Wednesday the temperature will drop to 10C with a maximum of 15C. The minimum on Thursday will be in the region of 5C. Weather forecasters are predicting thunderstorms and showers over these two days.

About 80mm of rain is expected to fall in most Midlands areas over the next 4-5 days. Picture: Freddie Marriage on Unsplash

In Howick, the temperature will peak at 29C on Tuesday before dipping to 12-15C on Wednesday and similar on Thursday, bringing relief from the sweltering heat of the past few days. Expected accumulated rainfall is 10mm on Tuesday, 25C on Wednesday and 30C on Thursday.

Brollies

It’s a very similar story in the capital, Pietermaritzburg, where residents can put away the brollies that screen them from the sun and take them out for a very different reason – when they get an accumulated rainfall of more than 60mm over three days. The rain is also expected to continue into the weekend, with 15mm on Friday and 10mm on Saturday.

Greytown is also expecting some welcome rain and the temperatures there will peak at a nasty 33C for a second day in a row on Tuesday, before cooling down on Wednesday.

Storm Report SA reports extremely high temperatures in the southern Cape and Eastern Cape. Extra Working on Fire workers have been deployed from the Eastern Cape and Free State to assist with a fire that has been burning for days in the George area.

SA Weather Service storm warning (national)

Main image: Valentin Müller on Unsplash