Hailstorms & strong winds hit Pretoria

The South African Weather Service says cooler conditions are due to the cold front.

Cooler conditions are due to the cold front, which has hit the south western parts of the country. Picture: @TrafficSA via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Hailstorms and strong winds have hit Pretoria following a warning by the South African Weather Service.

It says the cooler conditions are due to the cold front, which has hit the south western parts of the country.

Large hailstones hit Limpopo last night.

Mpumalanga - RAIN (lots of it) at eMalahleni via @Kenny_McGaver pic.twitter.com/ssbkRa2maU

Soshanguve along with Heidelberg, have also been hit by storms.

Forecaster Bransby Bulo said, "Storms developed in Gauteng and some of them are severe in the north-western part of Gauteng and Pretoria."

He says there is a 60 percent chance of rainfall in the interior.

and it begins --> RT @buggyroo Heavy rain and thunderstorms approaching PTA from the north, @TrafficSA #RAIN pic.twitter.com/sYaSfx6aQy

The weather service, meanwhile, has issued a hailstorm warning for most of Gauteng, until later tonight, with strong winds and golf-sized hailstones expected.

Forecasters say there is a good chance of rain for the majority of the week, but severe thunderstorms are also expected.

Forecaster Jan Vermeulen said, "We have the high pressure to the south east of the country, this is affecting the whole of Gauteng and surrounding areas. This is making the conditions favourable for severe thunderstorms."

Meanwhile, Johannesburg Water says even though a heatwave that gripped Gauteng last week has passed, water restrictions will remain in place as residents continue wasting the resource on gardening.

Suburbs surrounding the Forest Hills reservoir are currently experiencing water cuts and the utility says the reservoir has run dry due to a problem with the flow through the pipes.

Rand Water also says the demand for water in some areas continues to exceed the amount they are able to supply.

Joburg Water's Hilgard Matthews says, "Some users are still not changing their behaviour patterns. They are still using lots of water for their gardens. About 46 percent of domestic use is actually going towards gardening. If we can reduce that, we'll have enough supply."