Floods, frost and snow – the weather’s going to be wild across SA this weekend


Icy weather is setting in over most of the country on Friday -- and it's here to stay for the next few days. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) warned a cold front would arrive in the Cape on Thursday night, bringing with it wild weather for most of the weekend. "This will result in heavy rain in places, a dramatic lowering of temperatures, strong to gale force winds along the coast and adjacent interior."

"Localised flooding is likely, especially in the Cape Metro as well as the Wineland region of the Western Cape tomorrow morning," they said in a statement.

They expected the cold, wet and windy conditions to spread to the rest of the Western Cape, western and southern parts of the Northern Cape as well as the Eastern Cape province over the course of the day on Friday.

Unfortunately, the central parts of SA won't be spared, with the icy conditions spreading to the Northern Cape, Free State and KZN on Saturday morning.

Even the normally temperate Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo can expect to experience significantly lower daytime temperatures on Sunday.

Let it snow!

It's THAT cold. Snowfall is expected over the south-western mountains of the Western Cape on Friday, spreading towards the Eastern Cape mountains in the evening and KZN on Saturday morning.

The Mother City might also see "a nice dusting" of snow atop Table Mountain, according to Snow Report SA.

"It is looking like Table Mountain could get a nice dusting during the early hours of Friday morning, and during the day on Friday," they shared on Facebook.

"Only 2cm of snow expected, but at just over 1000 m above sea level, this is quite impressive!"

Record-breaking cold

The friendly city Port Elizabeth was the ‘freezing city’ on Wednesday morning when the mercury barely rose to 1,9 °C.

According to traveller24.com it was the coldest temperature recorded in the city since 2014.

This might help: Homemade hot chocolate

SAWS spokesperson Garth Sampson warned that it's not going to get much better over the next few days. “[The cold front] will be accompanied by gale force winds, very cold temperatures and showers of rain over the southern parts near the south of Somerset East, Hogsback between Plettenberg Bay and the Kei River," he said. This was how it looked at Hogback in the Eastern Cape last year...

A photo posted by @xylonvaneyck on

Eight tips to survive the icy conditions

1. Stay dry and weather light layers. The layers need to absorb moisture and keep the cold away from your body.

2. The more water there is in your body, the easier it is to keep warm.

3. Enjoy food that keeps you warm, like soup, warm coffee or tea and even something spicy.

On that note -- here are 7 super soups to keep you warm this winter

4. Sorry, but alcohol is not going to help fight the chill. Instead it makes you sweat, which makes your body cooler. Rather opt for a tasty soup or hot chocolate.

5. Forget heels and elegant shoes. If your feet are warm, you’ll feel warm too. Opt for boots and warm socks – an extra pair of socks won’t hurt either.

6. Besides for the fact that it’s the best way to keep the air warm, eating a tasty meal will also cheer you up.

7. Sit around the fire-place, if you have one. But make sure that smoke escapes through the chimney.

8. Enjoy the snow – if you’re close to it!

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