Thunderstorms to hit across SA

2011-07-04 15:16

Johannesburg - South Africans should not only brace themselves for cold weather this week, but also unseasonable, isolated thunderstorms, a weather forecaster said on Monday.

Bloemfontein and most of the southern Free State could expect thunderstorms on Tuesday before spreading onto KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, the eastern areas of the Western Cape and the Northern Cape.

"This means some people in these provinces will have to deal with thunderstorm lightning in addition to the bitterly cold conditions which had been persistent on the Free State and the Cape provinces from the past weekend," said the senior SA Weather Services forecaster Puseletso Mofokeng.

The thunderstorms were caused by a fairly powerful low pressure system.

"As a result of this system, weather models also point to the fact that the cold snap will hit Gauteng on Tuesday to at least Wednesday", Mofokeng added.

Light snow could be expected over Barkly East and Matatiele on the northeastern mountains of the Eastern Cape and the mountain peaks of Lesotho.

Mofokeng said temperature recovery was likely over Gauteng from Thursday or Friday.

The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality warned residents of heavy rains expected on Tuesday.

  • saabnut - 2011-07-04 15:53

    Spare a thought for those less fortunate than us, with little or no protection from the elements.

      Wired - 2011-07-04 16:36

      Yes Saabnut. I agree and we should all pray if we're religious or at least think about them if we're not. God has his reasons and im sure the rain will be very welcome in some parts... Its also damn entertaining to watch as long as no one gets hurt.. Also, i wonder how those investigations are going on the lightning that has killed so many people in south africa a few months back? Did the scorpions catch anyone?

      brown_bread - 2011-07-04 17:50

      Good comment saabnut!

      NickArmstron - 2011-07-05 17:18

      Blessed be the rain in a dry land.. :) And SA is essentially a dry country... Don't ever curse the rain - because when she's gone - people will cry long, long tears... Many parts of the E.Cape have, as a consequence of the rains over the past 6/8 months, just emerged from a prolonged drought......remember those times... Rain, wind, cold, sunshine - floods and drought - storms - everything - are all part of Mother Nature's cycle... :) It's times like these that fill the dams and saturate the lands (and replenish the ground water table too) - where the lands and natural veld recover/flourish after a dry spell... :) Flood cycles are all a crucial part of a river's eco-system, and the life it sustains, too... :) In short - be Thankful for everything (the Universal Law of Gratitude) - a rainy day is a beautiful rainy day, a sunshine day - a beautiful sunshine day - give/feel Thanks and appreciation to God/the Universe for everything... :)

  • Christos - 2011-07-04 15:58

    This is bit of a relieve for Nelson Mandela Bay

  • Judith - 2011-07-04 16:32

    And it looks like snow in Gauteng

  • calvito - 2011-07-04 17:29

    It is freezing cold and windy in Johannesburg.The wind seem to be picking some slight speed now in the afternoon.

  • bonzo - 2011-07-04 17:34

    hey carefull

  • janet.mcdonaldbelstead - 2011-07-04 17:36

    Although we are eternally grateful for the amount of rain that has fallen in and around PE lately, the ground is now thoroughly soaked and the water is starting to pool up dangerously in some parts. The rain however would be most welcome in the catchment areas and on nearby farms instead... Three out of the five important dams in our region are overflowing, but two are still too low. This is the most wet winter season I have experienced!

  • Vabond - 2011-07-04 17:38

    That old prophet Van Rensburg mentioned that the really big problems in our country will start after we've had one of our coldest winters. And looking at everyhting else int his country, I'm starting to to think he was right... - 2011-07-04 21:15

      Interesting....I wonder what he meant? Must say, it has been a very cold winter.

      Judge Judy - 2011-07-05 08:43

      I wouldn't pay an old prophet much mind....unless he was a weather prophet.

      brok3news - 2011-07-05 13:55

      fool - 2011-07-05 17:12

      An "old prophet" who has most certainly predicted much which has come to fruition....? Take it or leave it......

  • Judge Judy - 2011-07-05 08:42

    Cold is good...its mother natures way of killing off viruses and bacteria.

      Andy - 2011-07-05 08:47

      Hmmm... makes you wonder why alot more people get sick during winter then.

      saliem - 2011-07-05 09:54

      @Andy - it's because people tend to cluster closer together when it gets cold.

      jono.templer - 2011-07-05 17:53


  • Mubashir - 2011-07-05 09:53

    Interesting....I wonder what he meant? Must say, it has been a very cold winter.

  • Pleurotus - 2011-07-05 09:54

    Farting in the office keeps you warm... Why is everyone looking at me like that??

      Andre - 2011-07-05 10:12

      ... my kinda humour!... chuckle

      Johan - 2011-07-05 13:47

      The guys are having a meeting about the creepy guy & I'm the only one not invited.

  • jaquanau100 - 2011-07-05 10:58

    I love winter so much!!!

  • Lizelle - 2011-07-05 11:03

    Go buy a blanket today at PEP for R40 and make sure you give it to some less fortunate!! If we all get 5 people go give a blanket...we going to make a lot of people happy!

      frangelico - 2011-07-05 11:27

      Normally I would agree with you,have done my share for the poor,only problem is that once they get a freebie,it becomes a freebie expected for everything or else.

      NickArmstron - 2011-07-05 17:35

      Love your thinking Lizelle... :) Pay it Forward... :) Blessed be You angel... :)

  • namib24 - 2011-07-05 11:12

    Even up here in Swakopmund (Namibia for those who don't know) it is very cold.

  • kabo.j.masole - 2011-07-05 14:44

    Lekker weather then. I have xperienced a weather with thunders in a long time.

  • pages:
  • 1