Brrrace yourselves! High levels of rain to batter SA this winter, some snowing expected

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We're in for a rainy winter, the SAWS says.
We're in for a rainy winter, the SAWS says.
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  • Cloudy conditions are expected across the country, except for the western areas of the North West.
  • A cut-off-low pressure system is expected by midnight on Thursday.
  • For the rest of the winter, South Africans should brace themselves for more rainy days than usual.

The South African Weather Service has warned of higher than normal levels of rain for winter as a cut-off-low pressure system is expected to make landfall at midnight on Thursday. 

Thundershowers are specifically predicted for the western parts of the North West and Free State on Friday.

Forecaster Puseletso Mofokeng said there would be more rainy days this winter.

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Mofokeng said the cut-off-low pressure system was expected to bring between 30% to 60% chance of showers and thundershowers across the country, especially along the Western Cape coastline and interior.

"This means that the Cape Metropole going down to Cape Agulhas and along the south coast can expect potential heavy rain which will be associated with flooding or localised flooding that may affect different properties in the area as well as low lying bridges," said Mofokeng, adding:

In spite of that, we are giving it a level two, which means the impact is expected to be there, however, not at a high scale or high impact compared to what was experienced in KwaZulu-Natal. It's more like comparing a ten to a one.

Snow was also expected in some regions.

"Although cold day time temperatures are expected, snowfall is likely to be confined to the Drakensberg regions and Lesotho on Wednesday, spreading to the high-lying areas of the Western and Eastern Cape on Thursday," said a recent statement issued by the South African Weather Service.

Mofokeng said there was also potential for snowfall in the eastern parts of the Eastern Cape, south of Aliwal North to Barkly East.

The cut-off-low pressure system was also expected to cause strong winds in the southern parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the eastern parts of the Eastern Cape, said Mofokeng.


Forecast

"At the moment, I believe we are going for around  13ºC  in Johannesburg, but it may rise to 15ºC to 16ºC.

"As result, there will be improvements."

Mofokeng said that Friday would see widespread rainfall over much of the country.

According to Mofokeng, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and the eastern Free State would see more rainfall than normal for winter, but not more than the rainfall experienced in summer.

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"This is simply a winter-to-winter comparison."

While some south-western parts of the country, including the Western Cape and the south western areas of the Northern Cape, usually received a fair bit of rain during this time of year, they would see less rain than usual, said Mofokeng.


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