Thunderstorms in parts of ECape, outlook promising for other parts

JANUARY 12, 2016

Some welcome thunderstorms moved in though the eastern half of the Eastern Cape on Monday and the rain outlook is promising for most of the province, the South African Weather Services office in Port Elizabeth said.

According to Garth Sampson, SA Weather Services Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape, some noteworthy figures measured at 08h00 on Tuesday morning are;

  • Elliot                                       22 mm
  • Barley East                             20 mm
  • Aliwal North                          19 mm
  • Jamestown                              18 mm
  • Buffelsfontein (Molteno)    17 mm

"Elsewhere in the country thunderstorms resulted in a little relief to the extremely dry areas of the Free State and elsewhere," he said.

"Most places received between 10 and 20 mm with isolated storms producing over 50 mm in places."

Some noteworthy figures measured at 08h00 on Tuesday morning 

  • Wepner                               71 mm
  • Pretoria                                between 23 mm at Irene to 61 mm at Pretoria University
  • Wonderboom                   47 mm
  • Vereeniging                       35 mm
  • Gariep Dam                        24 mm
  • Fickburg                               24 mm
  • Bethlehem                         22 mm
  • Greytown                           20 mm
  • JHB Airpport                       19 mm
  • Kimberly                              18mm
  • Durban                                 17 mm
  • Kroonstad                           15 mm
  • Welkom                               15 mm
  • Vryheid                                14 mm
  • Bloemfontein                    12 mm
  • Newcastle                           11 mm
  • Kokstad                                9 mm

"This has not broken any drought conditions in any of the affected areas, as much more rain is required to alleviate the water shortage in these areas," Sampson said. 

"The outlook is promising for MOST of the Eastern Cape.

"Thunderstorms are forecast each day for the rest of the week for the entire Eastern Cape interior.

"The only area where thunderstorms are not forecasted for is the southern coast and adjacent interior."

He similar conditions are also forecast for the central interior of South Africa.