No end in sight for SA cold

2012-07-09 14:46

Cape Town – There is no end in sight for the cold weather currently plaguing South Africa.

The South African Weather Service warned of another strong cold front for most of the country over the coming weekend.

A cold front struck most of the country over the weekend, flooding parts of Cape Town and displacing many.

“No recovery from the cold is currently expected,” Elizabeth Webster, a forecaster at the SA Weather Service told News 24.

Cold fronts

Parts of South Africa will be hit by a series of weak cold fronts over the next week.

Two weak cold fronts will brush over the southern west coast of the country over the next 48 hours, especially affecting Cape Town.

A stronger cold front is expected towards the end of the week in most of the country, which brings likelihood of snow and flooding. The SA Weather Service is monitoring the situation.

Southern parts of the country and western parts of the Northern Cape can also expect a dip in temperatures on Wednesday.

There are currently very rough seas in “quite a big area” from Alexander Bay to Port Edward, Webster said.

Residents of the Eastern Cape and Free State were told to expect very cold temperatures, with possible rain in various parts of the Eastern Cape.

Over the next 24 hours the mercury in Cape Town will not rise higher than 16°C while Johannesburg will see a maximum of 21°C.


Cape Town Disaster Management received about 348 calls about flooding in the area over the weekend, Die Burger reported.

About 2 500 people were given assistance by emergency services and helped with food and blankets on Saturday and Sunday.

Twenty-five contestants auditioning for this year’s SA’s Got Talent, were also displaced from Observatory, in Cape Town, when the Liesbeek River flooded.

Various roads were also flooded. The M3 close to the University of Cape Town was a mess as people struggled to cross the flooded highway.

Niek Koegelenberg of the Cape Town Weather Office told News24 the weather currently experienced is nothing unusual. “This is winter,” he emphasised.

A temporary clearance in rain in Cape Town is expected before Tuesday evening, when rain is expected to start again.

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  • phillip.vercueil - 2012-07-09 14:57

    Mid winter and only 16C in Cape Town.........will be wonderful to see 16C here in Scotland!!! Its mid summer and its 13C!!!

      Alan - 2012-07-09 15:03

      And I thought it would be a cold day in Scotland when Andy Murray wins Wimbledon

      wo0two0t - 2012-07-11 11:16

      Phillip thats Max temp

  • UncleShep - 2012-07-09 15:10

    Love it

  • thethird.wors - 2012-07-09 15:18

    21 for Jozi... yeah bring on that bitter winter cold. Beer?

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-07-10 15:08

      will have the same discussion with you at night.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-09 15:28

    I LOVE the cold,however I always feel guilty when I am snig under my blankets and I think of the less fortunate out in this weather. It must be awful!

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-07-10 14:03

      Don't think then...

      mhlengwem - 2012-07-10 16:06

      It will be better for them were you to stop thinking...or is it stop sinking that low? Just give to trusty charities...your thinking will be better that way

  • shirley.schlange - 2012-07-09 15:36

    Yep it is winter.

  • lebo.madihlaba - 2012-07-09 15:36


  • vambozha.mutemi - 2012-07-09 15:59

    I am hot

      ronald.stilianou - 2012-07-10 13:58

      no you're not

  • ina.cripps - 2012-07-09 17:32

    Thank goodness everybody else is feeling the cold, I thought I was sick!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-09 18:16

    Blame it on apartheid :)

  • Vince.York - 2012-07-09 18:36

    Everybody will have a house in South Africa by 1999????? ?????? ????? ?????? ?????? ?????? e pah!!!! choke choke

  • peter.ellis.37051 - 2012-07-09 18:36

    Instead of parties Eskom could bring their price down in winter

      norbert.schweighofer - 2012-07-10 00:21

      Your middle name must be INTELIGENCE !!!!! This would not make the weather any warmer. Buy a gas heater !

      koenacedrick - 2012-07-11 11:03

      That's a brilliant idea Peter

  • piet.hannibol - 2012-07-10 08:20

    Every year feels the same, my trees lose their leafs the same week every month the last few years and each year the media makes me think the weather is doing weird stuff... I see your BS newsman and I think you play golf with Al Gore...

  • sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-07-10 08:31

    What cold weather? Its very warm in Pretoria and its been like this throughout, and I don't think it has been too cold anywhere else this year.

      allison.steedman - 2012-07-10 20:05

      So Selo if it is not cold why don't you spend a few nights outside with only newspaper and rags for warmth - preferably do this in Cape Town where it is nice and wet too. You could ask friends and colleagues to sponsor you and you could then donate the proceeds to homeless people who will almist certainly not agree with your assessment of the weather. In fact, to all the people scoffing at the "cold" why don't you all do the same and put your money where your mouth is, I dare you - do some good instead of just sitting in your warm homes and mocking news 24 and the weatherman.

      piet.hannibol - 2012-07-11 09:46

      Wow Dumberthanyou you have to be contentious hey... ITS NOT THAT COLD!!!!!

  • zaaristotle - 2012-07-10 09:07

    Cold, what cold? Bar 2 spells of coldish weather, Gauteng (well most places north of the Vaal) is still waiting for a serious winter.

  • craig.a.salter - 2012-07-10 10:18

    what winter. can anyone in sutherland confirm this???

      piet.hannibol - 2012-07-10 13:47

      They dont have interwebs down there dude...

  • Jeanette - 2012-07-10 10:57

    Just come back from holidays in the UK to lovely warm winter SA weather. Beats British summer any day.

  • skootzie - 2012-07-10 12:19

    Best news I've heard all week .. great news for people with Turbo cars *watery eyes of joy*

  • andrew.niedermeyer.1 - 2012-07-10 12:28

    Come on, this is not cold it is normal winter,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • jmtostee - 2012-07-10 14:05

    we Had a great morning surfing just north of Durban this morning - 26 degrees sunshine, clear sunny skies , and chrystal clear 21 degree ocean temp with a few dolphins splashing around. Durban is the place to be in Winter for sure!

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-07-10 15:09

      yeah but its durban, would rather forgo the weather

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  • buhlebam.nyuswa - 2012-07-10 16:03

    Cape of Storms! So said Van Riebeck.

  • dssteyn - 2012-07-10 16:20

    And in other news... it's STILL F*&$ing WINTER people! WINTER = COLD WEATHER. Has been like this since the beginning of time... why would it change now?

  • ryan.cox.10690 - 2012-07-10 16:39

    waves :)

  • paul.vanzyl.73 - 2012-07-10 17:56

    I am not sure one can believe the Weather Service any more. The forecast for Sunday, issued on Saturday and the forecast for Sunday issued Sunday morning were exactly the same. Minimum 10 and maximum 17 for Gauteng, with scattered thundershowers. The maximum was 21 in Pretoria, no clouds and no rain! I wonder how many people like me canceled outdoor arrangements for Sunday. It's a shame!

  • valerie.carter.1238 - 2012-07-10 20:43

    21C in JHB winter -not too bad. I am here in the UK caring for my mum, middle of summer - temp 15C & torrential rain. Where is the sun!!!

  • andriette.bergakker - 2012-07-11 07:32

    Its supposed to be cold in Winter.

  • thato.shadrack.71 - 2012-07-11 08:07

    this is bad guys

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