Parts of the Drakensberg and KZN Midlands will be hit by the first sub-zero weather system of the year this coming week, with chances of snow in the Berg, Lesotho and KZN.
Weather forecasters have predicted temperatures as low as -5C in places, as the cold weather, which will arrive on Monday with temperatures dropping significantly on Tuesday, grips the interior of the province.
⚠️ Media Release: South Africa welcoming winter with snow from Monday (25 May 2020). pic.twitter.com/gIrbafSKMJ
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) May 22, 2020
Snow Report SA said in a post linked to its Facebook page: “At this point we are also seeing the possibility of snow in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and Lesotho.
“If more moisture arrives with the system than currently predicted, and if it pushes further inland, we could see heavier snowfalls and more widespread snow. Similarly, if the system does not deliver the moisture that is expected, we can expect less snow.”
Snow Report reminded followers that it’s currently illegal to travel to see snow but that snow could be viewed through its webcams.
Strong cold front developing over the Atlantic Ocean and is expected to make landfall around 6AM on Monday morning (25 May 2020) along the south-west coast of Western Cape spreading eastwards quickly. Gale force winds, high seas, storm surge, snow, good amounts of rain expected. pic.twitter.com/wg7q4Dw9Bc
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) May 24, 2020
Some of the temperatures expected this week (at this stage), as per the SA Weather Service:
Tuesday, May 26: Underberg -4C/14C; Mooi River 1C/15C; Howick 1C/16C; Greytown 0C/17C
Wednesday, May 27: Underberg -5C/13C; Mooi River -1C/11C; Howick -1C/14C; Greytown -2C/16C.
Bethlehem in the Free State could go even lower on Wednesday, with a minimum of -6C predicted by SAWS.