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.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.