2x cold fronts snow and rain all this week

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The South African Weather Services (Saws) has warned of snow and not one but two cold fronts – over the Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces. One cold front made landfall on Monday afternoon, with the second to follow on Wednesday.

As the cold fronts get ready to move northwards, Saws has warned of cold-to-very-cold conditions from midweek into the weekend, across large parts of the country.

“Another strong cold front is expected over the Western and Northern Cape on Wednesday 21 July. Widespread snowfall, heavy rainfall and very cold conditions are likely."

The cold fronts are expected to spread to the central and eastern interior by Thursday, 22 July. The impacts of the first cold front include difficulty navigating at sea for small vessels, which may lead to small craft such as kayaks taking on water and capsizing.

Disruption to beachfront activities is also likely. Furthermore, Saws issued a yellow level 4 alert – in place for Wednesday, 21 July – which could result in heavy downpours, flooding of roads and vulnerable communities, disruption of traffic flow, as well as mudslides and rockfalls.

A yellow level 3 alert was issued for “significant low freezing levels” expected over the interior of the Western Cape on Wednesday into Thursday.

Disruptive rainfall

Saws also issued a yellow level 2 warning for disruptive rainfall expected along the coastal areas of the Overberg and Garden Route District of the Western Cape for Tuesday. The impacts of the alert include the following:

  • Localized flooding of susceptible informal settlements and roads may occur
  • Localized disruption to essential service, such as electricity
  • Motor vehicle accidents more likely due to wet and slippery roads.
  • Accumulating rainfall expected between 25mm and 35mm, with more than 50mm over mountainous regions.

Residents of Gauteng, the Northern Cape and Free State can expect maximum temperatures of 10 to 12 °C from Wednesday night accompanied by an icy south-easterly wind and clear skies.

The weather in your province for Tuesday

Gauteng can expect morning frost, otherwise fine and cool.

The expected UVB sunburn index is high.

There will be morning frost over the Mpumalanga highveld, otherwise fine and cold to cool, but warm in the lowveld.

In Limpopo, there will be morning frost over the south-western bushveld, otherwise fine and cool, but warm in the lowveld.

The North West will be fine and cool.

The Free State will be fine and cold to cool.

There will be morning frost over the southern high ground of the Northern Cape, otherwise fine and cool to cold. It will be partly cloudy from the afternoon.

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

The Western Cape will be cloudy and cold with scattered showers and rain, but widespread along the Garden Route. Possible snowfall is expected over the western and eastern high grounds.

The wind along the coast will be moderate to fresh reaching strong southerly becoming south-westerly south of Table Bay by the evening, spreading along the south coastal regions.

The expected UVB sunburn index is low.

The western half of the Eastern Cape will be cloudy and cool with scattered showers and rain, but isolated in the north where it will be partly cloudy.

The wind along the coast will be fresh south-westerly, but strong in the evening.

In the eastern half of the Eastern Cape, it will be fine and cool, becoming partly cloudy in places.

The wind along the coast will be light north-westerly, becoming fresh south-westerly.

KwaZulu-Natal will be fine and cool, but warm in the north-east.

The wind along the coast will be moderate northerly to north-easterly.

 

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