Cold weather, heavy rain and Berg snow ex­pected this week

The Witness - - FRONT PAGE - • chelsea.pieterse@wit­ — Wit­ness Re­porter.

YOU may be sweat­ing and siz­zling to­day, but from to­mor­row tem­per­a­tures will start to plum­met and by Thurs­day icy tem­per­a­tures will be the or­der of the day.

There are high hopes that the cold front in­vad­ing the coun­try this week will re­sult in some good rain in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg and the Mid­lands.

The SA Weather Ser­vice (Saws) yes­ter­day is­sued a press re­lease warn­ing of un­sea­son­ally cold weather and heavy rain ex­pected in the com­ing days, with a warn­ing to farm­ers to take mea­sures to pro­tect their stock. Heavy snow is ex­pected in the Berg to­mor­row night.

Han­nelee Doubell, spokesper­son at Saws, said the cold weather will ar­rive in south­ern KwaZulu­Natal to­ mor­row, spread­ing to the rest of KZN on Thurs­day, ac­com­pa­nied by max­i­mum tem­per­a­tures in the mid­teens, and sin­gle digit max­i­mum tem­per­a­tures in high­ly­ing ar­eas of south­west­ern KZN.

“Small stock farm­ers are strongly ad­vised to take pre­emp­tive mea­sures at an early stage, ahead of the on­set of the in­clement weather, to pro­tect their live­stock dur­ing this un­sea­sonal cold snap,” Doubell added.

Snow heavy enough to close moun­tain passes is ex­pected in the Western and Eastern Cape from to­mor­row.

KZN can ex­pect heavy rain to­mor­row, per­sist­ing into Thurs­day with a chance of flood­ing.

Doubell warned it will re­main cold and windy over much of the in­te­rior of South Africa on Thurs­day.

She urged the pub­lic to reg­u­larly fol­low weather fore­casts on tele­vi­sion and ra­dio.

Up­dated in­for­ma­tion can also be found at www.weath­ as well as via the SA Weather Ser­vice Twit­ter ac­count @SAWeatherSer­vic.

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