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After the storms, a sunny weekend

PRETORIA – The South African Weather Service says climate conditions are improving in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal following the devastating storms earlier this week.

The service’s senior manager responsible for forecasting, Tshepho Ngobeni, said: “Looking ahead, over Gauteng the good news is that in the next five to six days we are not going to expect any rain at all. That is Gauteng province in general – Pretoria, Johannesburg as well as the West Rand.”

 

Temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius were expected in Pretoria in the coming days, he told journalists in Pretoria on Thursday.

The weather conditions in KwaZulu-Natal had also improved.

“On Friday, as well, we don’t expect anything. We don’t expect any serious system in the next coming five to seven day, except that over Monday and Tuesday, especially in KwaZulu-Natal, we will be having rain. It will be cloudy with rain, but not a serious system,” said Ngobeni.

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“We don’t expect any heavy rains. We don’t expect any flash flooding, but yes, we are expecting cloudy conditions with rain on Monday and Tuesday. It will be sunny on Wednesday. The temperatures there will range between 22C and 28C.”

 

Earlier, SA Weather Service CEO Jerry Lengoasa said some “technology” had failed them during the recent spate of severe weather.

“The information we provide has utility only when it is received timeously, in advance and acted up prior to the arrival of an event. Needless to say those required to respond to the event [the severe weather] also require that information so we are required to provide reliable services during an event, and to provide a service post the event,” said Lengoasa.

“We can safely say, in very short, some of our technology failed us. While the automatic weather stations, our automatic rain-gauge networks, our upper-air sounding stations, and our lightning-detection networks were fully functional during the storm, sadly, of the five radar systems that we required to be active and up only one was fully functional,” said Lengoasa.

“The second [radar system] that was available had regular transmission faults.”

The weather service said severe thunderstorms with heavy downpours, strong damaging winds and large hail stones hit parts of North West, Gauteng, eastern Frees State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo between Monday and Tuesday this week.

“There were two sightings of tornadoes in Ruimsig [on Gauteng’s West Rand] and Eloff near Delmas in Mpumalanga, which caused extensive damage to property. In the Free State, a tornado was observed near Bethulie. Extremely large hail — golf ball to tennis ball size — was also reported near Krugersdorp,” a statement said on Thursday.

African News Agency



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