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Cape of Storms: Eastern Cape warned to brace for 100km/h wind backlash

Cape of Storms: Eastern Cape warned to brace for 100km/h wind backlash

After a weekend of some much needed rain, the Western Cape is expecting a significant cold front to hit on Tuesday evening, 6 June - but the winter storm won't end there according to the South African Weather Service.

SA weather service spokesperson Garth Sampson says the cold front is expected to reach the Eastern Cape by the early hours of Thursday morning, 8 June.

Sampson says that while some showers are expected along the south coast, most of the rain will impact the Western Cape and not much can be expected over the Eastern Cape.

"This system is therefore significant due to the strong winds that many areas will experience and a sudden drop in temperatures on Thursday and Friday."

Gale force winds of 100km/h and light snow 

"Ahead of this cold front, warm Berg wind conditions can be expected on Tuesday, 6 June with hot conditions along the south coast," says Sampson.

"This system is expected to bring very strong interior winds on Wednesday, 7 June possibly reaching gale force in places in the western and northern interior. 

By the early hours of Thursday morning we might see some light snow on the Sneeuberg (Graaff-Reinet) through to the southern Drakensberg (Barkley East/Elliot area). 

Gale force Westerly winds can be expected along the south coast on Thursday with gusts of up to 100km/h possible in places.

Additional alert and advisories in place for this weekend :

Warning: On Tuesday, extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the western interior of the Eastern Cape.

Advisories:  

- Thursday through to Wednesday, strong NW'ly winds are expected over the interior, possibly reaching gale force over the western and northern interior on Wednesday.

- Gale force W'ly winds are expected along the south coast on Thursday, spreading toward East London.

- High seas with wave heights from 6 to 9m, along the south coast expected on Thursday.

Courtesy: News24

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