Cold snap expected this weekend

A cold front that will hit the Western Cape on Friday will signal chillier weather to arrive across large parts of the country, including the KZN Midlands.

Strong winds are expected to reach the Peninsula on Friday, bringing rain and driving temperatures down.

The South African Weather Service said up to 40-50mm could fall in the mountainous regions of the Western Cape.

In a media release SAWS said, “Gale-force winds (60km/h-75km/h, with gusts of 80km/h-100km/h) can also be expected in places over the central Karoo, Breede River Valley districts and Cape Peninsula. Gale force winds associated with the passage of the cold front are also anticipated on Friday along the coast between Table Bay and Plettenberg Bay.”

Freezing temperatures

The weather system will spread north to the Eastern Cape, and is expected to reach KwaZulu-Natal by Sunday. Showers are expected on the coastline and a drop in temperatures in the interior.

The SAWS website indicates a significant drop in temperatures in the Midlands on Sunday. Mooi River can expect below freezing temperatures on Sunday and Monday, with a maximum of just 13C on Sunday and 14C on Monday. Fog is expected on Sunday.

Pietermaritzburg will see a minimum of 4C and maximum of 18C on Sunday, and 4-19C on Monday, significantly down from this week. According to the SAWS forecast, the provincial capital will have partly cloudy skies on Sunday but clear skies on Monday.

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