Extremely cold temperatures, snowfall expected to hit Durban

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Snow Report SA has reported that a major cold front is expected to hit towards the end of this weekend, but Durbanites will only experience the low temperatures from next week Tuesday.

“The models are showing a cold front from this Sunday into the early hours of Tuesday morning that will very likely bring a blanket of snow right across the country as it makes its way from west coast to east coast,” reported the page.

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“This Sunday, 1 July a cold front will arrive on the shores of the Western Cape. By Sunday evening, we should see some snow fall over the peaks of the majority of Cape mountains. We may see more than 15 cm on some ranges including those of Hottentots Holland, Cederberg, Matroosberg and the Boland mountain range. At the same time Northern Cape areas such as Sutherland, Calvinia and Fraserberg are expected to receive snow, reaching up as far as Springbok by Monday morning.”

The page further reported that as the cold front moves east, the Eastern Cape should receive its fair share of snow, with the heaviest falls being predicted for the Lady Grey and Barkly East areas and surrounds. Hogsback is also likely to receive some snow although for now, only light falls are predicted for this region.

“By Monday afternoon the cold front should bring the snow into many parts of Lesotho. Sani mountain top is likely to get some snow if the cold front holds course, late Monday evening or early hours of Tuesday morning,” it said. “We could very well see some snow pushing in to KZN this time round with falls predicted for Underberg, Mooi River, Rosetta and Impendle.”

Extremely cold temperatures are expected right across the country with this front, and it is expected that the South African Weather Service (SAWS) will issue warnings in this regard. Farmers should take note of the warnings and take the necessary precautions, especially with regards to live stock. Cross fingers, hold thumbs and put the heater on folks, it’s going to be a cold one!

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