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2016 recorded hottest daytime temperatures in 20 years: Weather office

Jan 4, 2017
2016 recorded hottest daytime temperatures in 20 years: Weather office

The year 2016 tipped the scales with the hottest daytime temperatures (maximum temperatures) for the past 20 years over most of the Eastern Cape, the South African Weather Services' Port Elizabeth Office said on Wednesday.

"In most cases, it was by a mere 0.1 of a degree," explained Garth Sampson, the SA Weather Services Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape.

"Night-time (minimum temperatures) were normal over most of the region.

"The higher than norm maximum temperatures can mainly be attributed to a warmer than normal winter and the below average rainfall (less cloud) over most of the region in 2016."

The AVERAGE ANNUAL maximum temperature records for the period 1996 to 2016 were as follows

Port Elizabeth

  • 2016                       23.3 C (Highest)
  • Record                  23.2 C (1999)

Queenstown

  • 2016                       24.8 C (Highest)
  • Record                  24.7 C (1999)

Mthatha

  • 2016                       25.8 C (SECOND Highest)
  • Record                  25.9 C (1999)

Cradock

  • 2016                       27.0 C (Highest)
  • Record                  26.4 C (2015)

George

  • 2016                       22.0 C (Slightly above average of 21.8 C)
  • Record                  22.6 C (1999)

East London

  • 2016                       24.1  C (SECOND Highest)
  • Record                  24.3 C (1999)

RAINFALL

Rainfall was varied over the region with only Port Elizabeth and George showing an exceptionally low figure, said Sampson.

Port Elizabeth

  • 2016                       447 mm (THIRD Lowest since 1996)
  • Record                  401 mm (1998)
  • Average               620 mm
  • 2015                       707 mm

Almost 300mm  lower than 2015 and almost 200 mm lower than the norm

Queenstown

  • 2016                       487 mm
  • Average               391 mm
  • 2015                       425 mm

Mthatha

  • 2016                       611 mm
  • Average               656 mm
  • 2015                       518 mm

Cradock

  • 2016                       344 mm
  • Average               374 mm
  • 2015                       289 mm

George

  • 2016                       417 mm (SECOND lowest since 1996)
  • Record                  374 mm (2009)
  • Average               675 mm
  • 2015                       782 mm

East London

  • 2016                       714 mm
  • Average               846 mm
  • 2015                       867 mm

NMMM CATCHMENT RAINFALL

Sampson also said that after a bumper 2015 rainfall year, 2016 was well below the norm over out catchment area.

Joubertina

  • 2016                       298 mm (FOURTH Lowest)
  • Average               404 mm
  • 2015                       629 mm
  • Record                  249 mm (2008)

Patensie

  • 2016                       379 mm
  • Average               460 mm
  • 2015                       904 mm
  • Record                  306 mm (2005)

Kareedouw

  • 2016                       467 mm
  • Average               640 mm
  • 2015                       944 mm
  • Record                  353 mm (2003)