Weather Update: Winter chill grips first week of SA school holidays

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Cape Town -  It's going to be cold to extremely cold across most of the country, as the first week of July greets a chilly start of the winter school holidays

While traffic might be less hectic, parents will need to put on their thinking woollen caps to keep the kids entertained - click here for some ideas across SA's major cities.

It has been so cold, parts of the Maluti Mountains, as well as the Sani Pass have experiences moderate snowfall over the weekend, with Afriski in the Lesotho sharing the following video of snow falling on Saturday 1 July. Road access was affected on Thursday and Friday and motorists are advised to exercise extreme caution due to hazardous ice patches.

There have however been no severe weather alerts issued for Monday, 3 July.

SEE:ALERT: Motorists advised to be cautious on snow-hit SA route to Lesotho 

ALSO SEE: 11 Best places to see the snow during winter in SA 

Rain

And while the snow is welcomed fun, the South African Weather service predicts there will be minimal rain along the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal region - with a 30% chance of light showers on Monday morning extending from the Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape, through the Sunshine coast, all the way along the East Coast through to Richard's Bay. 

No rain has been forecast for the dry, drought hit Western Cape at this point. Stricter Level 4b water restrictions are now in place across the province as drought and unpredictable rainfall sees usage limited to less than 87l of water per person per day - whether at home, work or elsewhere - Read News24's report here: Cape Town emergency 'Day Zero' drought plans to be announced

Dam storage levels were at 24.5%, but because the last 10% was mostly not usable, it meant levels effectively stood at 14.5%.

Temperatures

Monday, 3 July conditions will be cold to extremely cold across the country with temperatures reaching moderate highs in the early 20s °C.

SEE: Whale Watching: A must-do winter experience

The coldest place in SA on Monday will be Sutherland in Northern Cape, dropping to a freezing -4°C.

Maximum temperatures will be cool over the south-western interior and central interior, cool along SA's coastal region and warm along the northern part of the Northern Cape and Limpopo.

The hottest places in SA will be Musina in Limpopo and Skukuza in Mpumalanga seeing a high of 26°C.

Visitors to the Kruger National Park over this peak holiday period are being advised to pre-booking their entry online as gate quotas will be strictly enforced.

SEE: Kruger family fun: Visitors reminded to pre-book, caution advised near Skukuza

In Gauteng, Pretoria will reach 23°C and Johannesburg will be 21°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will also see a high of 21°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will be a cold 18°C, while KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will reach a 21°C and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will also be 18°C.

Click here to see the specific forecast for your city

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