Cold front set to bring wintry weather

2012-05-16 12:12

Johannesburg - South Africans have been warned to expect some seriously cold weather over the weekend, as a cold front brings the first winter weather of the year.

reports that the cold front will hit coastal areas on Thursday night and that those in the interior will be feeling the cold by Saturday.

“After the cold front, people can keep their unpacked winter clothes out because the cold will definitely stay,” said weather forecaster Jan Vermeulen.

Gauteng had been seeing some warm weather lately, with Pretoria and Johannesburg basking in temperatures in the high 20s.

  • quintin.kleinhans - 2012-05-16 12:21


      Jonathan - 2012-05-16 15:35

      It got so unbearably cold at one point last year that the fridge was somewhat warm...

      Squeegee - 2012-05-16 18:56

      By tomorrow night gas will be sold out!

      Fredster - 2012-05-17 07:53

      You will most probably found that it will not happen as they say as they are constantly wrong

      JHNortje - 2012-05-17 09:46

      I can't wait!!! Nice weather for Movies/Diablo 3.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-17 12:46

      Fred, even the gov cannot mess up winter. It will happen.

  • clivegoss - 2012-05-16 12:29

    Yeah !

  • Victor - 2012-05-16 12:37

    bring it on

  • lskosana3 - 2012-05-16 12:40

    Eish so NOT looking forward to that :(

  • Pieter Erasmus - 2012-05-16 12:40

    i can see load shedding coming forth and unavailability of gas. back to the middle ages for 3 months...... joy

  • Flynn - 2012-05-16 12:43

    Different strokes for different folks - I love Winter

  • Charlene - 2012-05-16 12:50

    Here in the limpopo u can feel the difference in temp already it was dam cold here this morning.

      Donne.3 - 2012-05-16 13:12

      For those living in Limpopo and not used to the cold in the hotter areas. I visit Hoedpruit often in Winter and they all in jerseys and Im in a T-shirt :)

      Alan - 2012-05-16 16:01

      eish - some govt. dept must have done something right in Zimpopo. They said it would be a cold day in hell when something is done properly in Zimpopo. Lmml

  • Dianne - 2012-05-16 13:12

    Also love winter, but along with loving it goes my electric blanket DSTV and my gown.

  • Julian - 2012-05-16 13:17

    Yeah!! maby I will eventualy get to sleep under a duvet

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-16 13:38

    I hate the cold

  • Deana - 2012-05-16 14:25

    Let us just remember to say a prayer for all those less fortunate. No blankets, shelter, beds even. Not to mention a warm meal, coffee or cuddling under thick blankets in front of a tv. Especially babies, small children and old people. Being cold and hungry is unimaginable to most of us- but the hard reality of live for millions in SA.

      npretorius2 - 2012-05-16 15:53

      Lets rather all donate a blanket and jersey instead of saying a prayer... Saying a prayer for the poor in winter is like sharing a link to give someone a new liver...

      Squeegee - 2012-05-16 17:56

      Do something positive. Go to:

      Deana - 2012-05-16 19:22

      @npretorius2- never underestimate the power of prayer! I am sorry I only mentioned prayer and not donations.

      Arthur - 2012-05-17 09:22

      Hey in June I'll be braving the cold along with a bunch of others to raise donations of blankets, clothes and food. Just google Round Table Winter Knights. If you're in Cape Town come visit us at the community center in Chess Road, Rondebosch. Last year we got 6 bakkieloads!

      Arthur - 2012-05-17 13:07

      Forgot to add the date - saturday 23 June from 5pm until 5am! We will arrive in nothing but Tshirts and shorts and rely on public donations ;-)

  • venessa.venter - 2012-05-16 14:33

    O'boy :(

  • jacobsnadeem - 2012-05-16 14:34

    yea!!! wait lemme say that again. YEA!!!!!!:-)

  • Dianne - 2012-05-16 14:40

    Not at all fond of winter but thank goodness we dont live in Canada!

      sesom - 2012-05-18 09:13


  • Helmut - 2012-05-16 14:53

    Bring it on,happy living in Phalaborwa

  • Angelica - 2012-05-16 14:57


  • zaaristotle - 2012-05-16 14:57

    mmmm, I'll wait until I actually feel it. Aren't these the same chaps who in February promised a wetter than normal February and March for the NE South Africa, and an earlier than normal (April) and colder winter than normal?

  • The-third - 2012-05-16 15:00


  • richard.hipkin - 2012-05-16 15:01

    This year I plan on going to play in the snow!!

      Alan - 2012-05-16 16:02

      you are racist! lmml

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-05-16 15:08

    Winter for me anytime

  • Gavin - 2012-05-16 15:14

    there was an article posted on news24 in March about how wet April was gonna be and that Winter was gonna arrive early...(which didn't happen)will wait and see what happens (with a jacket on hand just in case). so nice that we're halfway through May and it's still decent out. Winter needs to come and go in a hurry.

  • Hester - 2012-05-16 15:25

    I hate winter.

  • Fran - 2012-05-16 15:55

    Eish, I already hate how it feels outside and this is what I read on the news? Brrrrrrrrrrrrr, winter has arrived.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-16 16:06

    A lekker warm duvet, a good dvd. A nice pot of stew on the stove. You can't beat that. Bring on the winter.

      Dave - 2012-05-18 00:58

      Yes, yes and a glass or four of a good red....

  • Gavin - 2012-05-16 17:08

    I am looking forward to really using the chainsaw I bought, also the fireplace and keeping it well stocked!! Bring on the cold...!!!

  • sosm1 - 2012-05-16 17:54

    & it's all the DA's fault!

      Msika - 2012-05-17 08:26

      No, I blame the cANCer. They should use the tax payer's money and stop this cold wheather.

      Ivan - 2012-05-17 17:35

      There will be an investigation by the department of science and technology as to why the weather has become so cold as it is affecting the homeless ! ha,ha

  • Gideon - 2012-05-16 18:21


  • sibusiso.mkoko - 2012-05-16 19:12

    More STIs.More money for drs

  • thombela.isaac - 2012-05-16 19:19

    Freezing already just reading the

  • braamc - 2012-05-16 19:27

    Interesting news, it is going to be cold in winter, eish

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-05-16 20:28

      makes for an interesting change.

  • Dooie - 2012-05-16 19:43

    Whoop Whoop! The best time of the year arriving at last!

  • ghettochyld - 2012-05-16 20:11

    Oh NO! Lord have mercy on singles (0 0)

  • karolo.peroni - 2012-05-16 21:39

    keep warm this weekend..

  • yolande.rwaai - 2012-05-16 23:07

    Dstv-check! Red wine-check! Heater-check!

      Msika - 2012-05-17 08:21

      Live blankent-check!

      yolande.rwaai - 2012-05-17 10:07

      Eish Msika, unfortunately I don't have a human \blanket\ *wink

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-17 01:29

    Can anyone b my weekend special?hahaha!

  • Craig - 2012-05-17 03:58

    Can't stand it, all those extra cloths, short days and long nights, prefer summer those are the days of no cloths and healthy living, you can keep winter with all it's flu, colds and bugs !

  • Msika - 2012-05-17 08:06

    It's a BMW.

  • ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-17 08:23

    bring it on, great for business

  • Schmee - 2012-05-17 08:32

    I knew it, it's always just in time for the Royal show in Pietermaritzburg.

  • Karen - 2012-05-17 08:47

    You can't appreciate the sunshine, without a bit of rain. Bring it on!!!

  • Anakin - 2012-05-17 08:47

    Starting the anthracite heater today, dirty and irritating, but try to heat a south-facing room with Eishkom electricity, it doesn't work, even a 3kW+ (biggest heater) still doesn't work. Anthracite coal expensive @R170/bag, have 12x for the winter, just need Eishkom to keep the power on for other normal things and one small 1kW heater. No, I don't like winter with it's cold wet winds and short days thank you.

  • Carol - 2012-05-17 08:58

    I thank Eishkom for reminding me every evening of the beauty of a lit candle. I burn candles Summer and Winter. Winter especially, the heat from the flame of the candles warm the air in the room. Snuggly fleece blanket! Hot cup of soup or chocolate. Good company and a low electricity bill.

  • ArchAngel - 2012-05-17 09:25

    About time, mates over there were starting to mention El Niño again.

  • LindiBleu - 2012-05-17 10:10

    oh no!! higher electricity bills - check! more washing - check! cant jog everywhere - damn!!! upside? bonding with the kids - reintroducing story telling wrapped in one big blanket. all that reading has to be of use somewhere!

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-05-17 10:20

    Clouds are forming over the western Cape, and the temperature has dropped. Got my wollies out to try and keep warm.

  • tripledunny - 2012-05-17 10:40

    Awesome story. It's winter, so it's going to get cold. I always though it gets warmer in winter. Go figure.

  • Iare - 2012-05-17 12:15

    OMG SA winter temps are still higher than Irish summer temps! :P

  • marietspeel - 2012-05-17 12:24

    Coastal areas already hit, thank you very much, and it is not yet Thursday night ... it is flippin cold!!

  • Eban - 2012-05-17 12:48

    snow maybe???

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-05-17 13:02

    coffee and movies will make in such weather....