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South Africa is in for another week of extreme weather on the East Coast especially, as a Tropical Cyclone is set to make landfall over the coast of Mozambique on Monday, 13 February.
This is according to Storm Report SA, forecasting that although South Africa is not in danger, a “tropical low currently forming in the Mozambique Channel and will most probably affect the extreme north-eastern parts of South Africa and the north-eastern parts of KZN.
“The Tropical Low that is developing in the Mozambique Channel has the potential to reach Cyclone strength in the next 24 hours according to NASA’s Hurricane Website,” Storm Report SA posted late on Sunday night, 12 February.
The Mozambique Channel, which lies between Mozambique on the African mainland and the island nation of Madagascar, appears to be coming together on satellite imagery today, NASA’s Hurricane Website confirmed.
NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a visible image of System 98S as it passed overhead early on Sunday. You can see the image below.
The centre was located about 505 nautical miles northeast of Maputo, Mozambique.
“The centre of circulation appears to be consolidating quickly over the warm waters of the channel. There are also strong bands of thunderstorms wrapping into the centre of circulation,” NASA’s report reads.
“The potential to develop into a tropical cyclone over the next 24 hours is high,” they say.
Storm Report SA says, however, that the “forecast is subject to change as these systems are very hard to predict”.
Nonetheless, the entire north and north-eastern part of South Africa can expect rain for the start of the week until Wednesday, 15 February.
The South African Weather Service warns of severe thunderstorms expected over the north-eastern escarpment of the Eastern Cape, southern and western parts of KwaZulu-Natal and south-eastern parts of the Mpumalanga Highveld on Monday, 13 February, while the area, as well as adjacent regions, can expect a 60% chance of rain for the next couple of days.
You can read the full weather report here: Weather Update: Heavy rain heading to SA’s east as Western Cape drought continues
The South Coast and Sunshine Coast from Hermanus to East London can also expect a 60% chance of rain on Monday, the SA Weather Service says.Source: Traveller 24
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