The cold front that hit the Western Cape on Thursday will reach North West and Gauteng by Friday and on Saturday it will be pretty cold.
“By Friday afternoon a strong wind will blow in Johannesburg and Pretoria as the front moves in. Maximum temperatures below 20 ° C are already expected in Gauteng on Friday, ”says Lehlohonolo Thobela, weather forecaster for the South African Weather Service.
He says by Saturday it will get even colder as the cold front tightens its grip. “It’s hard to say now where it will be the coldest. The forecasts do show that it could be somewhere in the southern parts of Gauteng or in the southeastern parts of the North West, ”says Thobela.
Maximum temperatures will drop very low by Saturday.
“We are looking at 12 ° C for the Johannesburg area and also for parts in the southeastern North West. Minimum temperatures will drop to freezing, ”says Thobelo.
No snow or rain is forecast in these areas.
Thobela says the forecasts are that Limpopo and Mpumalanga will not be affected by the cold front.
“By Sunday it will get warmer and temperatures will rise by between 3 ° C and 4 ° C.”
Meanwhile, Marelize Barnard reports that storms are raging in the Western Cape after a cold front hit the province on Thursday morning.
A truck was blown by the wind on the R46 near Villiersdorp.
Thobela says the cold front will bring snow to the high-lying areas of the Western Cape.
The cold front currently moving across South Africa is certainly not the last.
“By Monday, another cold front will hit the Western Cape. It will reach the north of the country by Tuesday and could possibly bring light rain for parts in Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, ”says Thobela.
He says the early forecast suggests Monday’s cold front won’t be as strong as the one currently raging.
“Snow is also expected in the Western Cape.”