The South African Weather Service issued a warning on Sunday regarding dangerous weather conditions in the Western Cape. Temperatures in the Western and Eastern Cape also dropped significantly on Monday.
The South African Weather Service (SADF) forecasts high winds of 65-80 km / h for the southwestern and southern coasts of the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape. Rough sea conditions with waves of up to 9 m high between Cape Columbine and Plettenberg Bay are forecast for Monday. It will spread to Port St Johns and the central Karoo in the Western Cape by noon. It is expected to calm again by Tuesday morning. Chapmans Peak was already closed on Monday morning due to inclement weather.
Storm floods are also expected along the coast between Cape Agulhas and East London.
The SADF predicts light snowfall as well as rainfall from Monday over the western high-lying parts of the Western Cape. The snow is expected to extend to the eastern highlands of the province on Monday afternoon and also to the southern highlands of the Northern Cape, close to Sutherland and Calvinia.
The snow will spread to the northern hinterland of the Eastern Cape, Lesotho, Qwaqwa and the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg by Tuesday morning. This follows snow last week over parts of the Eastern Cape and Lesotho as well as in areas such as Qwaqwa in the Free State.
According to a report from the Snow Report, most areas in these provinces can expect up to 10 cm of snowfall. The heaviest snow is expected from Tuesday in the Little Karoo, in the high-lying area near Uniondale.
Mountain passes in the Winelands district of the Western Cape and the Little Karoo will be closed due to the snowfall.
According to Bransby Bulo, weather forecaster at the SAWS, the snow and cold front this week brings bitterly cold day temperatures for the entire country. Temperatures in the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Free State and Lesotho can drop to -10 ° C in places.
Bulo says temperatures in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape are expected to drop significantly on Monday and Tuesday, but start rising again by Wednesday. Maximum temperatures of up to 14 ° C can be expected in these provinces until Tuesday.
The southern areas of the Northern Cape’s temperatures will also decline, with Sutherland expecting a maximum of 7 vanC on Tuesday and Calvinia a maximum of 12˚C.
According to the weather service, the cold will hit the northern parts of the country on Tuesday. Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal’s maximum temperatures will also drop to between 16 ° C and 18 ° C. Temperatures will begin to recover by Thursday.
Anton Bredell, Western Cape’s minister of local affairs, environmental affairs and development planning, says the rain and snow forecasts indicate that winter has arrived in the Western Cape.
“We welcome the wet weather because of the years of drought in the province. The concern, however, is that these conditions may pose further challenges at the time of lockdown. We urge the public to take extra precautions during this time, ”says Bredell.