JOHANNESBURG - It was a cloudy, wet and cold Easter Sunday for the central and southeastern parts of South Africa.
The wet weather was caused by a steep upper air trough which is deepened into low pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere, and will be cut off from the general flow from Monday to Wednesday.
48h rainfall accumulation for Monday and Tuesday. It indicates 50-100 mm of rain over the Free State, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, with approximately 200mm of rain expected along south coast of KZN.
The eNCA Weather Centre say this will result in widespread rainfall and extensive cloud cover mainly on Monday and Tuesday.
The Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and the eastern parts of the Northern and Eastern Cape will be most affected by the rainfall and the cloud cover will keep maximum temperatures at bay, resulting in a cloudy, wet and cold few days, with temperatures remaining in the teens.
The continuous rainfall will cause the ground to become saturated quickly, resulting in localised flooding.
The South African Weather Service has issued a warning for heavy rain along the coast between East London and Durban.
A watch for heavy rain and localised flooding has also been issued for eastern and central Northern Cape, the southern parts and coastal areas of KZN, most of the Free State and Eastern Cape.
Wet roads could lead to adverse driving conditions affecting many families' drive home at the end of the long weekend.