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Thundershowers, with a 60% chance of rain, have been predicted for today and tomorrow, as well as for the remainder of this week

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RESIDENTS are advised to get their umbrellas ready as the city has welcomed autumn with cooler and wet weather.

Thundershowers, with a 60% chance of rain, have been predicted for today and tomorrow, as well as for the remainder of this week.

The SA Weather Office said yesterday that the crisp air is pushing in from a cold front that brushed extreme southern and eastern South Africa.

Yesterday the early morning temperature dipped to a cooler 10 degrees Celsius, although during the course of the day the temperature rose to 30 degrees C.

Today’s maximum is again expected to reach 30 degrees C, while the minimum will be around 12 degrees C.

There is a 60% chance of rain today, with thundershowers also predicted for the rest of the week. Around 10mm of rain is expected to fall in the city today and tomorrow.

The maximum tomorrow is 29 degrees C, while the minimum is 13 degrees.

On Friday and Saturday, the minimum temperature is expected to drop to 11 degrees C, while the daytime maximum will also be slightly cooler with temperatures of 25 degrees C and 23 degrees C respectively expected.

There is a 30% chance of thundershowers every day until Monday next week.

A total of 109mm of rain was recorded at the SA Weather Office in Kimberley in March.

Other Northern Cape towns where rain was also recorded in March include Barkly West (104mm), Boetsap (27mm), Calvinia (20mm), Danielskuil (10mm), De Aar (13mm), Fraserburg (9mm), Garies (5mm), Hopetown (12mm), Kagisho police station (92mm), Koingnaas (1mm), Kuruman (34mm), Magareng (40mm), Niekerkshoop (11mm), Noupoort (10mm), Orania (47mm), Petrusville (19mm), Philipstown (37mm), Port Nolloth (1mm), Postmasburg (27mm), Prieska (9mm), Springbok (2mm), Sutherland (3mm), Upington (9mm), Vaalharts (34mm), Van Zylsrus (17mm), Vanwyksvlei (1mm) and Windsorton (10mm).

Most of these, however, were well below the average for March.