Winter’s here: KZN expected to get much colder, says forecaster

2012-06-09 00:00

THE first real lashings of winter are expected to arrive full force this weekend, with snowfalls and gale force winds forecast for the province.

Yesterday evening the arrival of the cold front was announced with a hail storm and heavy rainfall in Durban.

Morningside resident Julie Davies said people in the streets were ducking for cover from the falling hailstones.

Durban weather forecaster Wisani Maluleke said chilly conditions last month would be nothing compared to the severe weather on the way.

Maluleke said snow would fall today in the Drakensberg.

A cold front is sweeping across Drakensburg, Underberg, Ladysmith and Matatiele.

“With the cold front moving in, we are expecting to have 60% rainfall,” said Maluleke.

He said tomorrow along the coast there are likely to be very rough seas, whipped up by gale force winds.

Maximum temperatures in the coastal areas are forecast to be a mild 22 degrees celsius, growing colder in the interior, with the Midlands and Pietermaritzburg going no higher than 19 degrees today.

Andrew Attwood, owner of the Antbear Guest House in Drakensberg, said yesterday: “It’s been really windy all day, bringing extremely cold weather conditions in the Drakensberg.”

Geraldine McFarlene, owner of Arbuckle House in Himeville, near Underberg, said temperatures had been warmer than usual at this time of year.

“We had some sunlight during the day but this afternoon there have been some chilly winds and it looks like it is going to get worse over the weekend,” she said.

The KZN Sharks Board’s head of operations, Mike Anderson-Reade, said shark nets had been removed from some beaches on the extreme lower South Coast as a precautionary measure.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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