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According to Snow Report SA, the powerful cold front that is heading towards the Western Cape on Thursday could bring snow to some of the province’s highest peaks…
“Snow on the high peaks to the west of Wellington seem likely at this stage. Matroosberg could get up to 20cm on its’ peak, and we might even see some on the ground at the reception area on Friday morning,” said the organisation.
“Falls of 4cm to 11cm could also cover the Cedarberg and Hex River Mountains. There is a lot of rain expected with this front, and this could impact on the snow falls and cause rapid melt, but we are certainly hoping to see snow on the high peaks if the clouds lift in time. We expect snow to fall from around early afternoon on Thursday and stop falling by late afternoon on Friday, with the heaviest fall during Thursday night.”
Cold weather warnings
The South African Weather Service issued a warning to the public regarding the imminent cold weather in the Western Cape and Namakwa District of the Northern Cape from 14-15 June.
The public and small stock farmers in the mentioned areas are advised of the following weather alerts:
- Gale force north-westerly winds (65-70 km/h) are expected between Cape Columbine and Cape Agulhas on Thursday, moderating overnight.
- Strong to gale force, gusty north-westerly winds (50-70 km/h) are expected over the Western Cape and Namakwa District interior on Thursday into Friday.
- Heavy rain leading to flooding is expected over the City of Cape Town, Cape Winelands, western parts of the Overberg and West Coast District on Thursday and extending into Friday.
As the cold front makes its way to the south-eastern parts of the country on Friday 16 June 2018, strong to near-gale force westerly to south-westerly winds (50-6 km/h) can be expected along the Eastern Cape coast with wave heights between 5 to 7 m.
Temperatures over the high lying areas of the Western and Eastern Cape as well as the southern parts of the Northern Cape are expected to drop significantly, with certain areas reaching very cold conditions.
By Saturday, the cold front would have exited the country and the cold, dry air will spread to the interior of the country, resulting in cold daytime conditions over the Free State, North West Province, Gauteng as well as Mpumalanga.