Brr! More cold to come

2011-07-06 00:00

IF you think this winter on the South Coast has been cold thus far, brace yourself for what’s still to come.

Up until now South Coasters who were convinced this winter is much colder than previous winters are merely being foxed by a higher number of cold fronts following faster on the heels of one another, giving the impression that this is a colder one than in previous years.

The South African Weather Service says the true cold is yet to come.

According to long-term forecasts (also called season forecasting) for the next three months, winter on the South Coast is going to be much colder than in previous years.

So says Sanjeev Sewnarain, who is a client liaison officer of the South African Weather Service in Durban.

“The last few cold fronts have led us to think that the general temperature is colder for this time of year than it actually is,’ says Sewnarain.

“So far it hasn’t actually been colder apart from cold fronts and the wind factor adding to that, but now we know the next three months are going to be colder than previous years from a long-term forecast.”

Temperatures from the weatherman so far this year — figures no one can argue with — have been seemingly consistent with the last 10 years.

Statistics show that Margate’s average minimum temperature for June has hovered around a low of 13,5ºC while the average maximum temperature has been around 20,8ºC.

This is consistent with the last 10 years.

Port Edward’s average minimum temperature has been 13,5 ºC while the maximum average temperature has been 21,3ºC.

These temperatures are also in line with the last 10 years.

Some South Coast residents have other interesting takes on the weather.

Local farmer Bernie Sinclair, has noticed a definite decline in temperatures judging by the occasional pockets of frost appearing along the cane fields near the Umtentweni River.

“This is a particularly cold winter and may be proof of global warming,” says Sinclair.

Martzie Visagie of Paradise Plants Nursery says there has been a noticeable decline in plant sales specifically due to this cold winter.

“The plants are growing more slowly compared to previous winters and many of the leaves on the plants have died.”

Everyone The Witness has spoken to is convinced that this has been a colder winter so far and are not happy with the prospects of it getting even colder.

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