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Chilly start in Province

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Slightly warmer weather is expected for the Easter weekend.

Several towns in the Northern Cape woke up to chilly weather on Tuesday, prompting many residents forced to stay at home due to the lockdown, to stay in their warm pajamas for as long as possible.

The coldest spot in the province was Sutherland, with a minimum of 1 degrees C, followed by Calvinia, where the minimum temperature dropped to 3 degrees C.

Colesberg, with a low of 5 degrees C, De Aar with 6 degrees C, and Upington with 9 degrees C, all recorded lows of less than 10 degrees C.

In Kimberley and Kuruman the minimum temperature on Tuesday morning was a fresh 10 degrees C.

According to the South African Weather Office, Kimberley residents can expect another chilly morning on Wednesday, when the thermometer is expected to drop to 5 degrees C.

The day-time temperature, however, is expected to be a warm 24 degrees C.

While slightly warmer weather is expected for the Easter weekend, with a low of around 12 degrees C and a high of around 27 degrees, city residents can also prepare for cloudy weather, with rain forecast for Friday and Saturday.

Upington will also get warmer as the week progresses and by Thursday, a high of 33 degrees C is expected.

According to Snow Report, a light dusting of snow was expected on the Hex River mountains on Monday evening, and snow could still be on the horizon for the tail-end of the Easter weekend.

“Freezing levels in parts of the Western Cape suggest a light dusting of snow may fall on the Hex River mountains early this evening, and snow may still be on the horizon for the tail-end of the Easter weekend,” Snow Report posted on its Facebook page.

“The data for today suggests that the freezing level could drop as low as 2000 meters in parts of the Western Cape, and depending on moisture levels this could result in a few centimetres of snow on the highest peaks of the Hex River mountains, as well as the Swartberg range.”

Snow Report added that it was continuing to watch the data for the Easter weekend, “and while the data is always very volatile in the early season, we can still see the possibility of up to 5cm of snow on the high peaks in eastern Lesotho and the central and southern Drakensberg peaks between 13 and 14 April”, it stated.