Cold front on the way to cool KZN with snowfall and heavy rain

2018-10-02 11:00
Allia Nkhoma (left) and Samson Chinyama cool off in the Olympic Baths in Northdale on Monday. Even though temperatures reached a high of 38° Celsius, don’t pack away your winter woolies just yet. Weather data is suggesting the season’s heaviest snowfalls later this week, starting in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday morning and reaching the Central Drakensberg and Midlands by Thursday morning.

Allia Nkhoma (left) and Samson Chinyama cool off in the Olympic Baths in Northdale on Monday. Even though temperatures reached a high of 38° Celsius, don’t pack away your winter woolies just yet. Weather data is suggesting the season’s heaviest snowfalls later this week, starting in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday morning and reaching the Central Drakensberg and Midlands by Thursday morning. (Ian Carbutt)

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Prepare to shiver.

Snowfalls are expected on the Drakensberg from this afternoon, abruptly brushing away day’s brutal 38-degree heat in Pietermaritzburg.

The South African Weather Service (Saws) said it will get much colder all over the province.

“This extreme, wintery weather will include snowfalls mainly over the southern and central parts of the Drakensberg (and they could become disruptive in places), accompanied by cold conditions over many parts of South Africa. In addition, there could also be a risk of localised heavy rain and/or incidents of flash flooding for parts of KwaZulu-Natal during Wednesday [tomorrow] and Thursday,” Saws said in a statement.

The weather should clear up by Friday, with clear skies and warmer conditions expected in KZN. “The public and small stock farmers are advised to take necessary precautions ahead of the arrival of these conditions.”

Saws urged the public to regularly follow weather forecasts on television and radio and other platforms as the cold front progresses.

Updated information will regularly be available at www.weathersa.co.za as well as via the SA Weather Service Twitter account @SAWeatherService.

— Witness Reporter.

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