Weather Update: Cold front to hit SA

2016-09-14 17:50 - Ra-ees Moerat
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Cape Town – The South African Weather Service warned that extremely high fire danger conditions can be expected over the eastern parts of the Northern Cape, central and north-western parts of the Eastern Cape, the North West and the Free State, as well as in places in the Central Karoo of the Western Cape.

Rainfall

A 60% chance of rain can be expected in western parts of the Western Cape and the Northern Cape, ranging from Cape Town to Port Nolloth with a 30% chance of rain expected a bit higher up in the same region ranging from Kleinmond up to Vioolsdrif.

A further 30% chance of rain can be expected in most parts of KwaZulu-Natal, northern parts of the Eastern Cape and the western area of the Free State. Clear conditions can be expected for the rest of the country.

On Friday, an 80% chance of rain can be expected in the coastal area of the Western Cape from L’Agulhas to Grotto Bay with a 60% chance of rain expected for the interior parts of the Western Cape and southern parts of the Northern Cape. Further up, ranging from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape all the way up through Pofadder a 30% chance of rain can be expected. These conditions follow after a cold front passes and moves over the interior parts of the country. 

On Saturday, a 30% chance of rain can be expected on the west coast of the Western Cape towards the interior parts of the country. The Garden Route area can expect a 60% chance of rain ranging from Eersterivierstrand in the Eastern Cape, all the way up to Durban in KZN. The rest of the country can expect cool to cold conditions.

Weekend snow

Snow has been predicted for the upcoming weekend, according to Snow Report SA

Snow Report says, “The cold front will make its landfall on Thursday night. Snow is expected to fall almost immediately over all mountains in the west of the Western Cape, as well as areas of the Northern Cape. This will continue through the day in the Western Cape whilst moving eastwards and bringing snow to the more easterly mountain ranges of the Western Cape. No big dumps are expected, with the heaviest snow being expected on Matroosberg (10cm at the top) and the Cederberg (15cm at the top). On Saturday, we will still see light snow over the SWC, areas of the NC and snowfalls moving into the EC areas over most of the high ground between Graaff-Reinet and Hogsback. A couple of areas in the EC could see snowfalls up to 10cm during the period, but once again, no heavy dumps are expected.”

Temperatures

Minimum temperatures across SA are expected to be cold in most parts, ranging between 8°C in the Northern Cape and Western Cape and 9°C in the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Free State.

Johannesburg in Gauteng will reach a high of 26°C, Pretoria will reach a hot maximum of 29°C and Bloemfontein in the Free State will peak at 29°C.  

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Along the coastal regions, Cape Town can expect things to remain cool with a high of 18°C, Port Elizabeth will see a high of 24°C, while Durban will reach a mild 27°C.