SA ‘bitterly cold’

2012-07-08 10:40

Cape Town – The country is in the icy grip of winter, with the South African Weather Office issuing several warnings to provinces on Sunday.

In the Western Cape, residents were warned to expect very cold conditions over the north-western parts of the province as well as heavy swells of over 4m between Plettenberg Bay and Port Alfred.

KwaZulu-Natal would be very cold, especially in the western parts of the province and in the Eastern Cape residents were told to expect very cold conditions, especially over the north-western high ground.

Heavy thunderstorms were forecast for Gauteng and Mpumalanga.

The coldest towns on Sunday were expected to be Jacobsdal with minimum temperatures of -4°C, Carnarvon with -3°C and Dordrecht with -3°C.

In Cape Town the mercury would not rise higher than 14°C while Johannesburg would see a minimum of 6°C and maximum of 16°C.

On Friday the weather office warned that the country was in for a cold weekend and predicted snow for many parts of SA.

  • jason.children - 2012-07-08 10:56


      oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-07-09 15:00

      Blame the government...!!!

  • Ian - 2012-07-08 11:02

    so, it still going to snow as I took pup out this morning and it was icy but not bitter so will it get worse

      sterling.ferguson.5 - 2012-07-10 08:17

      These temp. reading are not that cold twenty and thirties F aren't very cold.

  • mkhululi.nkomo.5 - 2012-07-08 11:04

    Jozi, very COLD!

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-09 08:35

      i find this winter up to this day as being intensely warmer than last year, i go in a t shirt most days and right into the evenings, the coldest so far warrented a single jacket, this time last year, my car was iced up every morning, i wore two t shirts, a hoody and a jacket and two pairs of pants every day with gloves and a frikkin balaclava, this winter is massively different so far. jhb

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-09 09:16

      2004 was the last time my dog’s water bowl froze over in winter! As far as I am concerned our winters are warmer than ever before...

  • Ian - 2012-07-08 11:17

    cant wait to see this rain they yapping about, last time it snowed here they failed to forecast it

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-07-09 00:09

      you can take some of our CT rain.

  • Eugene - 2012-07-08 11:31

    Spare a thought / clothes / sleeping bag / food for those living in the streets.

  • reginald.dube - 2012-07-08 11:46

    i blame anc. look what these incompetent people did to our weather.

      manu.dibango.96 - 2012-07-08 13:20

      Don't worry. We will soon have a protest march for better weather.

      jack.bleck - 2012-07-08 14:14

      Janee, I hear Helen Zille is leading another march to Cosatu headquarters to demand that Cosatu stop their weather protests. Apparently she's claiming that Cosatu backed clouds have been hurling hailstones at innocent DA supporters!

      manu.dibango.96 - 2012-07-08 14:44

      jackblack, if that is true then the DA should take Cosatu to court. Having said that, if the DA had more supporters, by now they would have their own weather. And being such fantastic administrators you can be sure that when they have their own weather we will have rain and sunshine all at the same time.

  • jcistheman - 2012-07-08 12:04

    And yet East London has been warm and sunny for most of winter so far even hot at times. I think I'm going to move here... :)

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-08 14:25

      Yes, we can take a joke but not when the Lords name is used in vain

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-08 14:40

      I blame global warming and human stupidity

  • Emile Myburgh - 2012-07-08 14:22

    It is a warm, sunny day in Jhb. What bitterly cold and thunderstorms are they talking about?

      Ian - 2012-07-08 14:27

      good question, weather bureau stuffs up yet again

      comurray - 2012-07-08 15:28

      Yes, we are still waiting for the so called thunder storms. However it is bitterly cold here in Heidelberg.

      mogo.naut - 2012-07-09 13:14

      This is probably the warmest winter I've encountered so far. Do I give credit to global warming?...

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-08 14:27

    I want to move some where warm like Jamaica : )

      sachasea - 2012-07-08 21:31

      Then you'll have hurricanes to contend with and risk losing your house. Nowhere is perfect.

      yvettesteven.loots - 2012-07-08 22:23

      Visit Namibia.

  • Rowan Cranston - 2012-07-08 17:51

    Should have been in durban today. Lovely warm day!

  • Michael - 2012-07-08 18:23

    Cold? pffffft.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-08 23:27

      Out in T-shirt & shorts with even the very idea of 14-16 degrees.

      sarah.bryant.1804 - 2012-07-09 01:33

      It does feel much colder than the UK due to lack of insulation and central heating in homes. Same problem here in NZ.

  • jack.mcgurkin - 2012-07-09 08:37

    So nice and warm in Durban

  • jeremy002 - 2012-07-09 09:00

    Slipped up on the Gauteng forecast - again.

  • colin.langley - 2012-07-09 11:26

    This damn foreign agent weather! Blame it on apartheid!

  • robert.cerff - 2012-07-09 12:29

    So... like every other winter, we'll get snow in the 'Berg and the Cape will be cold.

  • sabiha.lockhat - 2012-07-09 12:38

    eish must snow-wknd/or during school holiday so i can go play in the snow - dbn is always warm

  • JKSed - 2012-07-10 06:43

    This is another prove that blacks can't govern effeciently. ANC is to blame!

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