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City records coldest night in the country

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Big freeze sees temperatures hit record low in SA, with 19 records broken in 24-hour period.

File picture: Brendan Magaar/African News Agency (ANA)

KIMBERLEY recorded the lowest night-time temperature in the country of -9.9 degrees Celsius on July 23, according to the South African Weather Service.

The city, which woke to a light dusting of snow on Thursday morning, was listed as one of the 19 cities that had smashed the records with the lowest temperature on Friday night.

The weather service said that the last record was set 21 years ago when temperatures reached -8.1 degrees Celsius in Kimberley on July 7, 2000.

The second coldest place this week was Kroonstad, which recorded -8 degrees Celsius.

Temperatures are expected to climb to the low 20s over the coming week.

Sunday’s weather will be sunny with a maximum of 17 degrees Celsius, reaching a minimum of zero in the evening.

A warning has meanwhile been issued for Garies on Sunday, where conditions could lead to the rapid spread of veld fires.

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