Africa: Africa Weather Forecast launched its weekly summary (06 February – 12 March 2023). As per African weather reports, inclement weather is expected in the southwest between Tuesday and Wednesday. Otherwise, it will be fine and warm to hot across most of the country later in the week.
A deep low is forming in the southwest and will momentarily become “Cut Off” from the main easterly flow between today (Monday) and Wednesday. This Cut-Off Low will intensify on Tuesday and Wednesday, hastily moving south towards the Indian Ocean blocked by a deep and wide upper-air high spanning Botswana and most of eastern South Africa.
It is partly cloudy over Western Cape with a high chance of light rainfall over the southern Cape but moderate along the south coast and its adjacent interior. In the east, very isolated morning thunderstorms can be seen in places along the southern Lowveld. Otherwise, high chance of light rainfall along the eastern escarpment, some accompanied by isolated storms.
Morning storms over southern Botswana are expected to keep returning to the North West and western Limpopo. High chance of widespread showers and thundershowers with moderate rainfall over central Northern Cape, Free State and North West but light elsewhere in the west and central interior on Tuesday.
Cloudy in the east with morning fog in the Lowveld, most likely intensifying and mixing with drizzle and light rainfall in places in the northeast. Medium chance of hail, strong winds and excessive rainfall above 50mm over central Northern Cape, western North West, western Free State, northern Western Cape and north-western Eastern Cape.
High chance of strong N-NW winds reaching 40-50km/hr in places north of a line between Kimberley and Upington on Tuesday but over eastern Northern Cape and western Free State on Wednesday.
Slightly calmer on Wednesday in the west as the COL moves south and starts having less influence over the country. High chance of light rainfall and isolated thunderstorms over the central and eastern interior, excluding the Lowveld, where partly cloudy skies are expected at times.
Partly cloudy in places in the east on Thursday and Friday; otherwise, fine and warm to hot over most of the country except for partly cloudy skies in the east accompanied by fog patches along the Lowveld.
Over the weekend, there’s an upper air system to the southwest initiating isolated thunderstorms with light over the southwestern Cape on Saturday. Otherwise, fine and warm to hot over the central parts but partly cloudy in KwaZulu-Natal, eastern Eastern Cape and the Lowveld, with very light rainfall on Saturday and Sunday.