Freezing conditions grip parts of SA

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Cape Town – Following a snowy weekend across parts of the country, the South African Weather Service says cold conditions are expected to continue into the new week.

Bitterly cold conditions across parts of SA saw Sutherland in the Northern Cape hitting -9 on Sunday with a further chilly -7°C forecast for Monday.

KZN residents eager to catch a glimpse of the snow forecast for the high-lying regions of the Midlands caused major traffic congestion along the N3 on Sunday afternoon. The snow band is expected continue into Monday. Disruptive snowfall is also expected over the high grounds of the south-western and western parts of KwaZulu-Natal, the eastern Free State as well as the north-eastern high-ground of the Eastern Cape on Monday.

Very cold conditions are expected across the interior of the Eastern Cape, the north-eastern interior of the Western Cape, the southern interior of the Northern Cape, the southern and eastern Free State as well as in placed over the western and south-western parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

These conditions are expected to persist into Tuesday.

Minimum temperatures are expected to be very cold in places over the western and southern interior, otherwise cold to cool.

Temperatures across most parts of the country have sunk well below freezing point, with the Northern Cape’s Kimberley set to drop to -4°C and Calvinia -3°C, as Vryburg in the North West is set to reach -1°C.

Maximum temperatures for Monday are forecast to be very cold in places over the southern and eastern interior otherwise cold to cool but warm in places in the western bushveld of Limpopo.

Gauteng’s Johannesburg can expect to reach 17°C, Pretoria 19°C and Mpumalanga’s Nelspruit will reach a high of 16°C.

Along the coasts, Cape Town can expect to reach a maximum of 16°C, Port Elizabeth will reach 17°C and Durban will reach 16°C.

Localised flooding

The South African Weather Service has also warned of localised flooding in parts over the Eastern Cape, the central and southern and south-eastern parts of the Free State, as well as the south coast and adjacent interior of KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.

Heavy rain is also expected over the Eden and Overberg district of the Western Cape from Monday evening, spreading to the Cape Metropole, Cape Winelands and West Coast district into Tuesday.

In addition, a cut-off low pressure system is developing over the western interior, resulting in isolated to scattered showers over the eastern parts from Gauteng to the eastern parts of the Free State and southern Mpumalanga. Furthermore rain is expected to be widespread over the southern half of KwaZulu-Natal and south-eastern parts of the Eastern Cape.

Added to this, a surface high continues into the ridge in the eastern half of the country resulting in drizzle along the north-eastern escarpment. The cut-off low pressure system deepens over the western interior resulting in isolated to scattered showers and thundershowers over the central and north-eastern parts, but widespread over the central Free State, eastern and southern Eastern Cape and southern parts of the Western Cape.

Gale force winds of up to 65 – 75km/h could be expected between Still Baai and Table Bay in the Western Cape.

Snow Report confirmed Monday morning will still see snow in the KZN Midlands in isolated areas, the KZN Drakensberg, Lesotho, the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, Hogsback area, and the north of the Eastern Cape around Molteno, Steynsberg and Burgersdorp.

The snow band will continue to move west through Monday, and the Groot Swartberge in the Western Cape could see some more light snow through the afternoon, whilst still snowing in the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, the KZN Drakensberg and Lesotho.

By Tuesday morning, the occasional flurry is expected in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Lesotho.

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