Cold snaps hits SA interior

As the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and parts of the interior took the full brunt of the latest cold front to hit the country, it was a case of business as usual for the KZN Midlands.

In Nottingham Road we woke up to a cold morning on Thursday, yet the lowest the Mercury will dip in Mooi River on Thursday (according to the SA Weather Service) is -2C. Nothing too spectacular in these parts.

Howick will see a chilly minimum of 1C and max of 25C on Thursday before gradually warming up… and Pietermaritzburg was 6-26C on Thursday.

Sutherland in the Karoo, on the other hand, has seen temperatures as low as -8C, while parts of the W Cape, like Ceres, have received heavy rainfall and been blanketed in snow. Bethlehem and Bloemfontein in the Free State have also recorded low temperatures (as low as -5C in Bethlehem).

TimesLive reported that in the Eastern Cape technicians were working to restore electricity to about 7,000 homes after fierce winds damaged electricity infrastructure, leaving up to 54,000 customers without power on Wednesday.

Winds of up to 80km/h uprooted trees and damaging homes overnight on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

Temperatures hit below freezing in parts of Gauteng and North West.