Intense cold front expected to hit SA this weekend

2016-06-09 16:17


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Johannesburg – The Western Cape and other provinces are set to be hit by an intense cold front, starting from Thursday, Weather SA has said.

Spokesperson Hannelee Doubell said on Thursday that the cold front is expected to bring significant rainfall as well.

“This could cause heavy rain and localised flooding in places over the Cape Metropole, the Overberg District and the southern parts of the Cape Winelands of Western Cape overnight into Friday morning; gale force south-westerly winds along the coast between Cape St Francis and Cannon Rocks of Eastern Cape; as well as disruptive snowfalls over the Sneeuberg and Winterberg of the Eastern Cape overnight Friday, spreading to southern Drakensberg on Saturday."

Continued rainfall could be expected in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape on Friday, while some parts of the Northern Cape could expect a drop in temperature as well.

A warning was also issued to small stock farmers that very cold, wet and windy conditions were expected, with snow on the high-lying areas.

On Saturday, continued rainfall was expected over the south-eastern coastline and eastern parts of the Eastern Cape, as well as over KwaZulu-Natal, spreading to the escarpment areas of Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

Minimum temperatures were also expected to drop significantly over the western and central parts of the country, with areas over the high-lying areas of the Eastern Cape, Lesotho and south-western parts of KwaZulu-Natal reaching minimum temperatures of below 0°C.

On Sunday, a drop in maximum temperatures was expected in the north-eastern parts of the country, affecting Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.  

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