Weather outlook ‘fine’ — warmer weekend predicted

2013-06-12 00:00

WITH the biting cold mornings, icy wind and occasional light snow fall experienced in recent days, KwaZulu-Natal residents will be forgiven for thinking this winter could be colder and crueller than most.

But weather experts say that this winter will be no colder than the norm.

In the short term, according to SA weather forecaster Stacy Colborne, temperatures are not expected to rise by much in the next few days.

“We are expecting fine weather in the next couple of days, which means it will be cloudless and sunny but still cold. Temperatures are expected to rise by the weekend, but not by much,” said Colborne.

The cold mornings have brought picturesque frost, but Colborne warns that if the current temperatures prevail, severe frost can be expected. Colborne said: “It is advisable to take precautions for the frost, as it can damage gardens and cover cars, causing problems.”

There is a 30% chance of rain for Southern KwaZulu-Natal this weekend. No snow is forecast at this stage for this weekend, but that may change.

Long-term weather forecaster Cobus Olivier said: “This winter is not expected to be colder than previous years.

“There may be certain days with very cold weather or short periods of cold fronts, but as a whole we are expecting normal to above normal temperatures.”

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