30 percent chance of rain predicted for GP on Friday

In Gauteng, low rainfall has contributed to an increasingly dire water crisis.

FILE: Forecaster Mbali Maliyage says temperatures are expected to drop over the weekend. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - With temperatures in the range of 40 degrees in parts of Gauteng today, the South African Weather Service says there's a 30 percent chance of rain expected on Friday.

Last week, the service issued a heatwave warning with other provinces including KwaZulu-Natal, the North West and the Free State being declared 'disaster zones' due to the current drought.

In Gauteng, low rainfall has also contributed to an increasingly dire water crisis with the City of Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg implementing water restrictions.

Forecaster Mbali Maliyage says temperatures are expected to drop over the weekend.

"We are still expecting the heatwave to continue until Friday. But on Friday we are expecting a break in terms of rainfall, a 30 percent of shower to come through."

Meanwhile, an insurance company has cautioned South Africans to safe-guard their property against the destructive effects of climate change.

Experts have blamed an emerging El NiƱo weather system and climate change for South Africa's current water crisis.

In recent weeks the country has experienced severe weather conditions ranging from droughts in KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State, to flooding in certain areas in the Western and Eastern Cape.

IntegriSure's head of insurance expertise Lizette Erasmus says it's time people start ensuring the safety of their properties amid the climate crisis.

"Make sure that you do have cover for severe weather conditions - all of the perils."