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It’s a mixed bag for South Africa this week as parts of the country swelter in a heatwave while light snow has fallen in other parts…
According to Snow Report SA, snow has fallen on Sneeukop outside of Rawsonville on Monday morning. Rawsonville is a small community in the Breede River Valley of the Western Cape.
The organisation says light snowfalls are expected on the high ground around Sutherland and the Swartberg early this week as a cold front hits the area. It is expected to move through into the Langeberg mountains and Swartberg north of Oudshoorn.
Take a look at the map below for more information on where the snowfalls are predicted to take place.
Flooding and fire danger
According to the South African Weather Service, extremely high fire danger conditions expected over the North West and Free State Provinces, the extreme eastern parts of the Northern Cape, northern and central interior of the Eastern Cape, Central Karoo of the Western Cape extending as well as western parts of KwaZulu-Natal.
Localised flooding is expected over susceptible informal settlements of the Cape Metropole and Overberg District with possible heavy falls over the mountains.
Gale force W to SW winds (60-70km/h, gusting 70-80km/h) are expected along the coastal regions between Gordans Bay and Port Alfred by afternoon.
Severe thunderstorms are expected over the eastern parts of Mpumalanga and the south-eastern parts of Limpopo from afternoon.
High seas with wave heights in excess of 6m are expected along the coast between Cape Agulhas and Port Alfred from evening into Tuesday.
Special weather advisories:
A heat wave with persistently high temperatures is expected over the eastern parts of North West and Free State, Limpopo and Gauteng Provinces persisting until today.
Extremely hot temperatures are expected in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and the Limpopo Valley, Limpopo Lowveld and the Western Bushveld.
Hot and humid weather will result in extremely uncomfortable conditions in Limpopo and the Lowveld of Mpumalanga.
Strong NW winds (55 to 60km/h) are expected over the Central Karoo District and the Breede Valley of the Western Cape and Karoo Hoogland municipality of the Northern Cape.
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Take a look at today’s predictions below
Fine and hot but very hot in the north, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon.
The expected UVB sunburn index:Extreme
Partly cloudy in the east in the morning, otherwise fine and hot but very hot to extremely hot in the Lowveld. It will become partly cloudy from the afternoon with isolated to scattered thundershowers in the east.
Partly cloudy and very hot but extremely hot in the Lowveld, Limpopo Valley and Western Bushveld. Isolated thundershowers are expected from the afternoon but scattered in the south-eastern parts.
4. North-West Province:
Fine, windy and warm to hot.
5. Free State:
Fine, windy and cool to warm.
6. Northern Cape:
Warm in the north-east and extreme north, otherwise fine, windy and cool, but partly cloudy in the west with isolated showers in the extreme west, clearing in the evening.
The wind along the coast will be moderate to fresh south-westerly.
7. Western Cape:
Cloudy and cool to cold with isolated to scattered showers, but widespread in places over the south-west. Windy conditions can be expected along the south-west and south coast, as well as over the Karoo.
The wind along the coast will be strong westerly to south-westerly, reaching gale force along the south-west and south coast from the afternoon.
The expected UVB sunburn index:Moderate
8. Western Half Of The Eastern Cape:
Fine and cool, but cloudy with scattered showers and rain along the coast, but isolated showers and rain along the coast and adjacent interior east of Cape St Francis, spreading to the interior by mid-morning.
The wind along the coast will be moderate to fresh south-westerly, becoming strong east of Tsitsikamma by late morning, spreading west to Plettenberg Bay in the afternoon, reaching gale west of Cape St Francis at times in the late afternoon.
9. Eastern Half Of The Eastern Cape:
Cloudy along the coast and adjacent interior with morning fog patches south of the escarpment, otherwise fine and cool. It will become partly cloudy in the afternoon with isolated showers and rain, except in the north.
The wind along the coast will be Moderate to fresh south westerly, becoming strong in the afternoon, reaching gale in places south of Kei Mouth in the evening.
Fine in the west at first otherwise cloudy and cool but warm to hot in places in the north. Isolated showers and thundershowers are expected except in the extreme west.
The wind along the coast will be moderate to fresh south-westerly becoming south-easterly in the afternoon.
The expected UVB sunburn index:Low