Africa: Africa Weather Forecast launched its weekly summary (02 May – 07 May 2023); as per African weather reports, this first week of May, a cold front arriving in the southwest in the first part of the week extends a trough that initiates showers and thundershowers over the central interior at first and in the east midweek. Most of them, stifled by the upper air high moving east, storms will most likely remain dry and isolated.
On 02 May (Tuesday) will be fine at first but becoming partly cloudy with a medium chance of afternoon showers and thundershowers over the northeastern parts (excluding Limpopo and the Lowveld) but low over the central parts.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the cold front moves further east, confining light rainfall into the eastern provinces such as Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, southern Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal. Otherwise, fine and cool to warm elsewhere. Low chance of isolated thunderstorms over the central parts on Thursday.
From Friday and the weekend, a stronger cold front with upper air support is expected to arrive in the west on Saturday; However, a prefrontal trough will be responsible for the inclement weather expected on Friday. Medium chance of isolated thunderstorms over the central interior and south-eastern regions and a low chance of high-impact storms along the eastern escarpment on Friday.
High chance of scattered showers and thundershowers over the central provinces but medium in the east and northeastern regions on Saturday. The main cold front will bring cloudier and colder conditions, mainly to the Western Cape but including neighbouring provinces as the day progresses and a high chance of light rainfall in the far southwest. Low chance of high-impact thunderstorms in places over the Eastern Cape interior.
By Sunday, the showers may be gone or precipitating one last time from this system, while over the central and eastern parts, high chance of light rainfall from scattered showers and thundershowers over the central and eastern regions (excluding northern Limpopo).