Voters warned against rain, thunder showers


Showers in the afternoon and thunderstorms may keep voters away from registration stations this weekend.

In light of the second (and last) registration weekend leading up to the 2024 national and provincial elections, the South African Weather Service said isolated showers and thunderstorms “with a probability of 30%” are expected across the country on Saturday afternoon.

“Voters should also be aware of a 60% probability of scattered thunderstorms along the Drakensberg Range in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.”

The weather service says severe thunderstorms may also develop in these regions. However, the probability of that is low.

Similar conditions are forecast for Sunday.

The weather service says a few rain showers and thunderstorms are expected by Sunday afternoon with a probability of 30% over a large part of the country.

Scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms with a 60% probability can be expected over the central, eastern and south-eastern parts of the country.

However, the extreme western and southwestern parts of the country can look forward to warm and sunny weather all day long.

The weather service says a large part of the country has experienced afternoon thunderstorms almost daily in the past week.

“The favorable conditions for thunderstorms currently arise from the combination of a surface trough over the central interior, assisted by the presence of an upper air trough over the western parts of the country. Cooler moist air is also brought into the eastern parts of the country by a high pressure located over the southern Indian Ocean.”

The weather service says all eyes are on the weather this weekend, however, as weather can have a major influence on the number of South Africans who register today and tomorrow to draw their crosses in this year’s election.

RNews previously reported that South Africans can visit more than 23,000 registration stations across the country to register to vote or simply check their details before the election.