South Africans shouldn’t pack away their winter gear just yet, as disruptive snow and chilly weather was expected in several parts of the country.
The SA Weather Service warned that disruptive snowfall was expected overnight over the high-lying areas of the Western Cape, the Cape Winelands, Central Karoo and along the Garden Route.
Forecaster Venetia Phakula urged motorists to be cautious if driving in affected areas.
Rain was also expected in most high-lying areas of the Western Cape and could spread to the Eastern Cape.
“Along the Western Cape coast and Eastern Cape, that is where we expect most of the rain and should be between 60% to 80%. Light rain could also extend to KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Gauteng and Mpumalanga provinces.
“It is going to be very cold on Tuesday, especially in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape. That will result in a significant drop of temperature in the North West, Free State, southern parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Temperatures will start improve to on Wednesday,” said Phakula.
Look what we woke up to this morning…
— AFRISKI (@SkiAfriski) August 18, 2020
- Extremely high fire danger conditions expected over the eastern parts of Free State and north-western parts of KwaZulu-Natal.
- A gale force SW`ly winds of 62-80km/h expected between Cape Agulhas and Plettenberg Bay, spreading to Port St Johns in the afternoon.
- High seas with wave heights between 6.0 to 9.0m expected between Cape Point and Port Edward.
- Localised flooding is expected over the Cape Metropole and Overberg areas in the Western Cape.
- Heavy rain is expected over the Cape Winelands, Overberg and Garden Route coastal areas of the Western Cape.
- Disruptive snowfalls are expected over the high-lying grounds of Cape Winelands, Central Karoo and Garden Route Districts of the Western Cape as well as Karoo Hoogland in the Northern Cape.
It’s cold on Table Mountain, but wearing short pants in the snow ❄ say only one thing; they are not from the southern hemisphere. 🤔🍷 pic.twitter.com/SHDGvcmZ7a
— Southern Staying 🏡 Holiday Homes (@SouthernStaying) August 17, 2020
- Storm surge is expected between Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay in the afternoon.
- Disruptive snowfalls are expected over the north-western high of the Eastern Cape.
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— Weernuus & Reënval in die RSA (WRR) (@ReenvalIn) August 17, 2020
SPECIAL WEATHER ADVISORIES:
- Very cold conditions are expected over interior of Western, Northern and Eastern Cape provinces.
Cool in the north, otherwise partly cloudy and cold with isolated showers and thundershowers.
The expected UVB sunburn Index: High
Morning fog patches along the escarpment, otherwise partly cloudy and cold to cool but warm in the extreme east. Isolated showers and thundershowers are expected in the west.
Morning fog patches along the escarpment, otherwise partly cloudy and cool to warm.
4. North-West Province:
Cool in the eastern parts, otherwise partly cloudy and cold becoming fine in the afternoon. Isolated thundershowers are expected in the extreme south-eastern parts.
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5. Free State:
Partly cloudy and cold to very cold, becoming fine in the evening.
Isolated showers and thundershowers are expected in the eastern parts, with possible light snowfall in the southern parts.
6. Northern Cape:
Cloudy to partly cloudy and cold with Isolated rain along the coast and the south in the morning. Disruptive snowfall is also expected over the southern High ground in the morning where it will be very cold.
The wind along the coast will be fresh to strong southerly to south-easterly.
7. Western Cape:
Cloudy and cold with isolated to scattered showers and rain, clearing from the west by the afternoon. Snowfalls are expected over the high lying areas where it will be very cold. Heavy rain is expected over the Garden Route where widespread showers and thundershowers are expected.
The wind along the coast will be strong south-westerly reaching gale in the south in the morning, becoming south-easterly in the west from the evening.
The expected UVB sunburn Index: Low
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8. Western Half Of The Eastern Cape:
Cloudy and cold with isolated showers but scattered to widespread in the south. Snowfalls can be expected over the high-lying areas, including the southern mountains.
The wind along the coast will be strong to gale force south-westerly.
9. Eastern Half Of The Eastern Cape:
Cloudy and cold with isolated showers but scattered along the coast and adjacent interior. Snowfalls can be expected over the high-lying areas.
The wind along the coast will be strong to gale force westerly to south-westerly.
Partly cloudy and cold to cool but warm in the north east with isolated showers and thundershowers.
The wind along the coast will be fresh to strong north-easterly, becoming south-westerly from the south, spreading northwards by late afternoon.
The expected UVB sunburn index:High