The Mercury

Cold, wet weather predicted this week

- Mercury Reporter

LOCALS are advised to brace themselves for cold and wet conditions later this week, brought about by unseasonal weather systems.

The SA Weather Service yesterday warned of heavy, unseasonal rainfall in parts of KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday, accompanie­d by low temperatur­es. And as was the case in the last week of May, snow will blanket the Drakensber­g.

This week, the country will be at the mercy of a cut-off low-pressure system – uncommon for winter – which will see more than 50mm of rain fall within 24 hours in certain regions.

Prevailing wet conditions in the North-West, Free State and eastern parts of the Northern Cape tomorrow will spread to KZN. The southern parts of the province are likely to be drenched through Thursday and Friday. According to forecaster William Msimang, snow, which will begin to fall on Wednesday evening, will be isolated to the Drakensber­g mountains and the Eastern Cape.

In Durban, the thermomete­r will struggle to reach 22°C on Thursday and 21°C on Friday, while a high of only 15°C is expected in Pietermari­tzburg on Friday.

Msimang said the wind was also expected to pick up, but no gales were being predicted yet. Daily updates would be provided.

Cut-off low-pressure systems tend to occur mostly during spring and autumn, and there is some uncertaint­y about whether the severe conditions will have cleared by next weekend.

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