Big chill: brace for snow, wind and wild waves, warns weatherman

2009-06-25 00:00

THE sprinkling of snow spotted on the highest peaks of the Drakens-berg yesterday morning indicates that bad weather — or good, depending on where you are — is on its way.

According to the South African Weather Service, KwaZulu-Natal can expect more snowfalls today, particularly in the Underberg and Kokstad areas and the south-western parts of the province.

This, of course, implies that the mornings will be cold for the next couple of days, but according to the weatherman, the days are likely to warm up in the afternoons.

While the icy weather may be the last thing on your winter wishlist, children in high-lying areas wanting to throw snowballs or build a snowman can surely expect enough of the white stuff to do so twice over.

But this will come after the very dry and windy conditions that may lead to the development of runaway fires over the KZN interior, said duty forecaster Ricus Lombard.

It seems the fire department will be kept busy today.

Not to worry, however — the winds are likely to die down tomorrow.

Gale-force winds can be expected in the south of the province later today, spreading north overnight, Lombard said.

Accordingly, seas will be very rough, with wave heights in excess of five metres in the extreme south tomorrow evening.

This may be surfing heaven for local beach bums, but it is surely a nightmare for every lifeguard.

Lombard said the big waves will probably reach Durban by tomorrow.

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