Get ready for a Chilly, Wet Weekend with some snow throughout most parts of South Africa!
Durban – Many parts of South Africa can expect the mercury to plummet over the next few days, according to the South African Weather Service. And for those of you, who are still deciding what to wear for the Durban July, make sure you cover up and keep warm.
Keeping a close eye on snow reports, parts of KwaZulu-Natal can anticipate a winter wonderland over the weekend.
According to Snow Report SA, Saturday brings along with it a cold front, which is set to move East and cross over into KZN. Snow report has also forecast snowfall for the weekend across the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KZN.
Winter has hit hard as bitterly cold temperatures are being be felt across SA, as PE experienced its coldest morning for the year with the mercury dropping to 1.9°C on Wednesday.
— Snow Report SA (@SnowReportSA) June 30, 2016
South African Weather Service spokesperson for the region Garth Sampson says it was in fact the coldest temperature since 2014 set at 1.4°C, and it would have had to drop a further -0.7°C to set an all-time record.
Added to this Sampson warns the upcoming weekend is expected to be super cold as a cold front with wet weather and possible snowfall is expected to hit the Eastern Cape by Friday afternoon.
“This 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.
Sampson says conditions will gradually start to clear from the west on Saturday – however temperatures are expected to remain low over the weekend and are only expected to recover towards Monday, when north westerly winds are expected warm things up.
Places such as Estcourt, Mooi River and Rosetta are likely to receive a little snow fall. With the expectancy of light snow on the Drakensberg range bordering Lesotho, all the way from Sani Pass to Afriski, Newcastillians are in for a chilly weekend.
Snow is also expected on the southern mountains and will include Baviaanskloof Mountains, Tsitsikama Mountains, Amatola/Winterberg Mountains around Hogsback, says Sampson.
By Friday afternoon, rain is expected over the Eastern Cape and by the evening rain is expected over the southern parts of KwaZulu-Natal.
Travellers are also being warned certain mountain passes may be closes, specifically the Outeniqua Mountains, Winterberg and the Southern Drakensberg towards the north-eastern corner of Eastern Cape.
Snow is expected to hit the Sneeuberg range near Nieu-Bethesda, but the snowfall is forecast to be short-lived with no closures required in the area.
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