South Africans typically celebrate Spring Day on 1 September and images of blossoms and the whiff of jasmine in the air are usual fare…
But 2020 has, in typical fashion, pulled the rug, sending Mzansi rain, icy gale-force winds, hail and general despondency at levels last seen when the alcohol ban was reinstated.
On Wednesday, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) said most parts of the country were experiencing windy and chilly conditions as a result of a cut-off low-pressure system that was about to make landfall. This system also carries the potential for heavy rainfall, severe thunderstorms, as well as strong to gale-force winds in places.
Not ideal picnic weather, then.
On Wednesday, the south-western parts of the country were expected to experience heavy downpours with potential for flooding over the Cape Metropole areas, the Overberg and in places over the Cape Winelands.
Otherwise, windy conditions are expected to persist in many places over the Cape provinces, the Free State and the North West province. The cut-off low system will finally exit the country on Thursday, resulting in overall clearing of weather conditions.
— Azwi Tuwani (@atuwani) September 2, 2020
This means warmer weather by the weekend, says SAWS forecaster Kgolofelo Mahlangu.
“By Thursday it will be moving out and temperatures will start picking up again from Friday and it will be sunny again in most places around the country this weekend.”
But, warns Mahlangu, that doesn’t mean the last of cold weather.
“Another cold front is expected in the Western Cape from Sunday, but in the central and eastern parts of the country, we should have clear skies and warmer temperatures.”
So, in short, don’t put away those blankets and panic-bought Old Brown Sherry just yet.
Some wonderful #thunderstorms activity over the North West and Free State. Lightning off the coast of Cape Town signalling storm activity there too. | Storm Maps & Lightning Movements in South Africa ⏰ 10:17:31 🗓️ 2020-09-02 pic.twitter.com/nwVFBO36Hd
— Weather🌩️by AfriWX (@afriwx) September 2, 2020
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