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Outdoor fun-lovers at Modimolle and Bela-Bela can pack up their picnic baskets for a partly cloudy and warm weekend.

The Weather Bureau has predicted partly cloudy but cooler conditions in Mookgophong, with maximum temperatures dropping to 21 degrees Celcius.

Against the backdrop of no rainfall predicted on Thursday, 12 October, and Friday, 13 October, temperatures in Bela-Bela and Modimomolle were expected to warm up to a high of 29 degrees.

No rain has been predicted for Saturday, 14 October, and Sunday, 15 October.

The volatile weather last weekend led to disruptions of outdoor activities all-round, significantly with the popular Nedbank Cup preliminaries stages at Bela-Bela abandoned halfway through an official fixture.

SA Football Association officials ruled that the match between Diesel ‘n Dust FC and Rapotokwane Qualitho FC be abandoned, due to unsafe underfoot conditions, last Saturday, 7 October.

Bela-Bela Mayor Jeremiah Mgobeni moved swifgtly, assuring all and sundry that the new Bela-Bela Stadium, with better drainage, was to be officially-unveiled shortly.

In Modimolle pre-dawn power disruptions pressed panic buttons on Monday, 9 October, with Eskom and the municipality attributing this to an “earth fault”.

Both Eskom and the Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality were working on plans to avoid staggered power cuts by Eskom.

Although the “earth fault” could not technically be linked to last weekend’s storms, at Bela-Bela electricity supplies blinked from the cracking lightning.

The Weather Bureau disclosed that the severe thunderstorms were a consequence of a cold front moving over large parts of the country, resulting in windy, rainy and bitter conditions.

According to the latest weather predictions, citizens across the Waterberg can expect sunny days for most of the forthcoming week, with temperatures averaging 35-degrees Celsius.

Severe thunderstorms were expected to hit most of the Waterberg by next Thursday, 19 October.

8 months ago       12 October 2017