How will Dineo affect SA?

Rain at an ocean beach Photo: wikimedia commons

JOHANNESBURG – Tropical cyclone Dineo has been downgraded to a tropical depression after losing energy and intensity as it moved overland overnight.

Although weakened, the remnants of this storm will still be felt in parts of South Africa.

The northern and eastern parts of Limpopo, and the eastern parts of Mpumalanga will experience the greatest impact of the storm, with heavy rain expected over the next two days, where rainfall totals could exceed 100mm over 48 hours.

Wind speeds of more than 50 km/h are expected from Thursday night.

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Gauteng will also feel the effects of the storm, but the effects will be marginal in comparison to the lowveld. 

Wind will be the biggest factor for Gauteng.

From late on Thursday we’re expecting south-easterly to easterly winds of 40km/h, gusting at 55km/h.

These speeds will remain for most of the day on Friday. Winds moderate slightly overnight but pick up again on Saturday with northerly to north-easterly winds of 25-35 km/h.

Gauteng can expect quite a bit of cloud to move in by Friday with a few showers and possibly thundershowers.

The chance of rain in Gauteng is low on Saturday, but thundershowers become more likely by Sunday.


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