Winter took its time arriving but now snow and rain are well and truly settled in

2011-05-28 17:07

Yes, it’s winter.

Pretty much everyone around the country felt it this week.

There was snow in Beaufort West, Matatiele, Lesotho and the southern parts of the Drakensberg; rain and wind in the Cape and icy winds in the north.

But weather forecasters say it’s the normal winter weather patterns making their presence felt.

For the next week temperatures around the country will hover at the midteen mark and there will be more rain and wind along the Western Cape coast.

Weather forecaster Venetia Magane said the next cold front to hit the Cape, expected today, will bring more showers.

The good news, however, is that no snow is expected this week.

Rain is also expected along the south-eastern coast of KwaZulu-Natal from today.

The coldest towns on Friday were Villiers, Frankfort and Tweeling at -7 degrees.

But the sun shone brightly in Skukuza, where the mercury climbed to 22 degrees.

This week, the eastern part of the Northern Cape, the Drakensberg, Beaufort West and Sutherland will be the coldest areas.

Mornings will be very cold, with the average morning temperature expected to be -7 degrees Celcius.

Temperatures will peak at 16 degrees Celcius.

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