Jack Frost brings white lawns to bitterly cold PMB

2014-07-10 00:00

FOR many Maritzburgers who woke to crisp white lawns and frazzled gardens yesterday, it seemed that Jack Frost had enjoyed a very merry dance in the city.

Bitterly cold early morning temperatures had commuters shivering despite scarfs, gloves and multiple layers of clothes.

Dean Arnold, of Chase Valley, said he had not seen frost like that in his area in 40 years.

He said a 20-litre bucket of water he had left outside was frozen solid yesterday morning.

“The grass was white. It felt like you were walking on stones, and the frost was so thick, there was not even an imprint of your foot left on the grass afterwards.”

Prestbury residents reported that areas that had never before frosted in their memory were covered in a layer of bright, crunchy white, and cars exposed to the night air had a layer of ice on them until late into the morning.

Sanjeev Sewnarain from WeatherSA said the temperature in Pietermaritzburg dropped to a chilly -1 degrees Celsius yesterday.

Cedara recorded - 4.8 degrees Celsius, but the bragging rights for icy temperatures go to Mooi River, which woke up to a toe-numbingly cold - 9.5 degrees Celsius and Underberg at a duvet-clutching -12.

Sewnarain said the lowest temperature on record for Pietermaritzburg was -4 degrees Celsius measured on June 25, 1975, and the last time it was recorded at -1 degree Celsius was on July 19, 1995.

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