JOHANNESBURG - The first ten days of summer brought a mixed bag of weather phenomena to the country.
A heatwave in the Western Cape last week was quickly replaced by gales around the Peninsula on Saturday.
Cloudy and mild conditions have been persistent on the east coast while daily thundershowers on the highveld have brought fantastic rain and a few severe storms to the area.
In stark contrast is the last two summer seasons, some places in Gauteng and Mpumalanga have already received around 100mm this month, including the northern suburbs of Johannesburg at 109mm which is already close to the monthly average of 125mm.
The extreme heat that was experience in the Western Cape last week is not expected to return and the area will be mostly sunny and warm, although a weak cold front reaches the west coast on Wednesday bringing light rain and cool temperatures to Cape Town.
As the front moves along the coast, the light rain will spread to the Garden route later and the Eastern Cape by Thursday morning.
Showers and thunderstorms persist this week over Limpopo and Mpumalanga although no significant rainfall amounts are expected.
Holidaymakers on the KwaZulu-Natal coast may not be pleased to hear that mostly cloudy and milder conditions stay in place this week in the area along with periods of light rain.
By this weekend the east coast should be sunnier and warmer, but winds will freshen for Durban and the surrounding coastline.
This week is expected to become drier on the Highveld with very little or no rain for the Free State and North West while a few, patchy thundershowers are still expected for Gauteng.
Dry and hot conditions are likely for the Saturday but thunderstorms return to the Free State on Sunday.
It will be a hot weekend for the central parts, including Gauteng, with maximum temperatures in the low thirties for most places.