Fine weather for outdoor New Year fun

HOLIDAYMAKERS around the country can look forward to some good weather today and tomorrow.

HOLIDAYMAKERS around the country can look forward to some good weather today and tomorrow.

The weather gods will come bearing gifts of sunshine with the occasional late afternoon showers but that should not be cause for concern.

As usual, Limpopo will see temperatures soaring to 37°C in Musina and warm to hot conditions are predicted for Polokwane, reaching between 28 and 34°C.

Barberton and Skhukuza in Mpumalanga have a 30percent chance of showers today and tomorrow with maximum temperatures of 32 to 34°C.

Maximum temperatures in Cape Town will reach 24°C today, climbing to 28°C on New Year's Day.

If you are planning to braai in the drier parts of the Western Cape, the Cape Town Weather Office forecasts a higher chance of fires owing to high winds in the area.

Durban could prove to be a bit of a disappointment. Conditions will be cloudy for most of the day with temperatures dropping to 24°C. The South African Weather Service forecasts a 30percent chance of showers during the day.

The interior of the country looks set for a 30percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Bloemfontein will be partly cloudy but is expected to clear up later in the day. Maximum temperatures will be as high as 30°C today but drop slightly to 29°C tomorrow.

The coastal area of East London is the best place to be according to Christopher Nkosi of the Pretoria National Forecasting Office. Port Elizabeth will offer warm to hot conditions with maximum temperatures of 23 to 25°C.

Not a drop of rain is expected in Johannesburg and Pretoria today, with partly cloudy skies tomorrow.

Isolated thundershowers and partly cloudy skies are forecast for the North West. Temperatures look good with a minimum of 17°C and maximum of 31°C tomorrow.

Northern Cape will have afternoon showers today and clear skies tomorrow. Temperatures hover between 16 and 31°C. - Olebogeng Molatlhwa