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With a maximum daytime temperature of 10.5 degrees Celsius, it was the coldest August day in Port Elizabeth in years, the SA Weather Service (SAWS) announced on Tuesday evening…

But Garth Sampson, from the Port Elizabeth office of SAWS, said that the record for Port Elizabeth was 9.3 degrees Celsius, measured in August 2002.

This comes as large areas of the Eastern Cape were battered by a cold front, with disruptive snow falling in high-lying areas.

Snow caused traffic chaos on the roads

The R61 road between Cradock and Graaff Reinet was closed to traffic on Tuesday morning as snow caused disruptions on the road.

Three trucks were stuck on Tuesday on the opposite ends of the Wapadsberg pass, which is notorious for snowfalls.

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Eastern Cape transport authorities were on high alert and monitoring mountain passes as wet and cold weather conditions continued to hit the province, said transport spokesperson Unathi Binqose.

Risk of flooding

Kevin Rae, of SAWS, said: “In particular, some rainfall along the Southern Cape coast and adjacent interior could be heavy, leading to localised flooding.

“Localities such as George, Plettenberg Bay and Jeffrey’s Bay are likely areas, regarding the risk of heavy rainfall.”

Binqose said vehicles were able to move after the snow melted around midday, but reports indicated that temperatures would plummet sharply overnight.

“We continue keeping a very close eye on our high-lying roads and mountain passes. The temperatures have improved, but we may have to close the road again.”

SEVERE WEATHER ALERTS for today:

High seas with wave heights between 6 to 8m are expected between Mossel Bay and Margate subsiding west of Port Elizabeth in the morning.

Very cold conditions are expected over the southern interior of Namakwa District tomorrow.

Today’s predictions:

1. Gauteng:

Fine and cold

The expected UVB sunburn index:High

2. Mpumalanga:

Fine and cold, but partly cloudy and cool in the east.

3. Limpopo:

Morning fog patches along the escarpment, otherwise fine and cool

but partly cloudy in the east and north.

4. North-West Province:

Fine and cold.

5. Free State:

Fine and cold.

6. Northern Cape:

Fine and cold, but very cold in the south.

The wind along the coast will be fresh to strong southerly to south easterly.

7. Western Cape:

Cloudy in the east at first with isolated rain and showers in the extreme east of south coast, otherwise fine to partly cloudy and cold.

The wind along the coast will be moderate to strong southerly to south-westerly, becoming moderate to fresh westerly to north-westerly along the south coast by late morning.

The expected UVB sunburn index:Moderate

8. Western Half Of The Eastern Cape:

Cloudy and cold, but very cold in the interior, with morning rain south of the escarpment. It will become partly cloudy in the afternoon.

Snowfalls can be expected over the high lying areas in the early morning.

The wind along the coast will be fresh to strong westerly.

9. Eastern Half Of The Eastern Cape:

Partly cloudy and cold to very cold, but cloudy along the coast with rain in the southwest until the afternoon. Frost expected for the north in the morning.

The wind along the coast will be fresh to strong south-westerly.

10. Kwazulu-Natal:

Fine and cool but cold over the western parts, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon.

The wind along the coast will be moderate to fresh south-westerly.

The expected UVB sunburn index:Moderate

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