Cold snap on the way


RES­I­DENTS of KwaZulu-Natal are urged to brace for a cold snap ex­pected to make its way through the coun­try to­mor­row and last­ing un­til the end of the week, with heavy rains and pos­si­ble snowfall pre­dicted for some south­ern moun­tains.

Ac­cord­ing to the South African Weather Ser­vice, max­i­mum tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to be in the high teens.

The sys­tem would af­fect the south­ern parts of the Western Cape from today, spread­ing both east and north to­mor­row and Thurs­day.

The cold weather is ex­pected to reach the south­ern parts of KwaZulu-Natal, the East­ern Cape, south­ern Free State and the North­ern Cape by to­mor­row, be­fore spread­ing to other parts of the prov­ince, Free State, Gaut­eng and Mpumalanga on Thurs­day, ac­com­pa­nied by max­i­mum tem­per­a­tures in the mid-teens.

Very cold weather will dom- inate high-ly­ing ar­eas of the East­ern Cape and south-western KwaZulu-Natal on Thurs­day.

Small stock farm­ers were warned to take pre-emp­tive mea­sures at an early stage, ahead of the on­set of the in­clement weather, in order to pro­tect their live­stock dur­ing the un­sea­sonal cold snap.

Light snow­falls are ex­pected over the high ground of the Western Cape as well as the western high ground of the East­ern Cape from to­mor­row. The snow is ex­pected to spread east to in­clude the east­ern parts of the East­ern Cape by to­mor­row af­ter­noon. Fur­ther snow­falls are ex­pected to spread to the south-western and western high ground of KwaZulu-Natal.

Wide­spread rain­fall can also be ex­pected over much of the south­ern and east­ern parts of the coun­try, with heavy rains and pos­si­ble flood­ing ex­pected in KZN, the East­ern Cape and east­ern parts of Mpumalanga.

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