Extreme weather heading our way
● It’s time to haul out the winter clothing and raincoats‚ spring or not – biting cold‚ heavy rain‚ gale-force winds and disruptive snowfalls have been forecast for the next two days in South Africa.
Gauteng will experience chilly conditions when the mercury dips to eight degrees on Thursday‚ rising to a maximum of about 16°.
Small stock farmers across the country have been advised to “take pre-emptive measures at an early stage‚ ahead of the onset of the inclement weather” to protect livestock.
An advisory by the SA Weather Service warned heavy rain‚ which could lead to flooding‚ was expected over the Eden District of the Overberg in the Western Cape from Tuesday.
Severe thunderstorms are also expected over the Highveld areas of Mpumalanga and eastern Free State.
Weather forecaster Madimetja Thema urged people to heed the warnings. An intense upper-air trough was expected to bring disruptive snowfalls to the Winterberg and Sneeuwberg in Eastern Cape early on Wednesday‚ and to parts of KwaZulu-Natal later in the day.
Heavy rains will fall over other parts of the Eastern Cape‚ spreading to KwaZulu-Natal and eastern Mpumalanga by Wednesday.
The weather service warned of cold conditions‚ including single-digit maximum temperatures‚ on high-lying Eastern Cape areas and southwestern KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday.
“Significantly cooler weather in the upper air will result in light snowfall over the high ground of Western Cape‚ as well as the western high ground of Eastern Cape from Wednesday morning onwards.”
The alert added snowfalls could lead to the closing of mountain passes‚ disrupting traffic.
Thema said the cold snap was not unusual. “It’s not the first time it’s happening in November ... it’s just that we are expecting warmer temperatures [at this time of the year].”