Warmer weather ahead after weekend chill

2011-08-08 00:00

THE weather this week is expected to warm up after more snow fell at the weekend.

The snowfalls followed 10 days after the heaviest snowfall to hit the province in almost two decades.

A forecaster with the South African Weather Service, Lucky Makhwedzha, said three millimetres of snow fell at Giant’s Castle in the Drakensberg and in Lesotho. The snowfall did not cause any damage or affect any nearby towns.

Following the cold weather and occasional showers on Saturday in Pietermaritzburg, Makhwedzha said, the next five days are expected to warm up.

“Clear conditions are expected with no sight of rain for the whole week nor any approaching cold fronts,” he added.

The heavy falls of snow in July prompted the MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube, to call on the central provincial disaster management centre to assist residents affected by the driving rain and snow.

Many mud houses collapsed, some areas suffered power failures, leaving residents without heat and lights in the sub-zero temperatures overnight, and the N3 between the Tugela toll plaza and Van Reenen’s Pass was closed for 40 hours, severely disrupting the movement of vast amounts of road freight to the interior.

The weather forecast for Pietermaritzburg today is a maximum of 23°C and minimum of 4°C.

In the Berg it will remain cold, with a maximum of 16°C and sub-zero temperatures at night.

KwaZulu-Natal isn’t the only province experiencing what seems like an unusually wet winter. Heavy rain fell in Port Elizabeth and East London on Friday.

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