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Sleet fell in Kimberley on Tuesday morning as the temperature plummeted.

File image. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng

Sleet fell in Kimberley on Tuesday morning as the temperature plummeted.

City residents have been warned to prepare themselves for a cold week ahead, with today’s maximum only expected to reach 12 degrees C.

On Wednesday, the maximum is 14 degrees C, while the overnight minimum is expected to drop to -6 degrees C.

On Thursday it will be slightly warmer, with a maximum of 19 degrees C, while the minimum will be -5 degrees C.

Warmer temperatures are expected by the weekend, with a maximum of 24 degrees C expected for Saturday. This will go up to the high twenties on Sunday and Monday.

Meanwhile other parts of the province are also shivering today with De Aar expected to reach a high of only 8 degrees C, while the minimum and maximum temperatures for Springbok for today are 6 degrees C to 11 degrees C, and in Upington, it is 0 degrees C with a high of 14 degrees C.

Sutherland’s temperature for today is -3 degrees to a maximum of 6 degrees C, with slight or moderate snow expected.

The South African Weather Services said in a statement that a cold front, typical of late winter, made landfall on Monday.

“Showers (heavy in places over the south-western parts) are expected over the Western Cape, spreading to the western parts of the Eastern Cape later. Some disruptive snowfalls can also be expected over the Western Cape tonight, but mainly over the higher mountains of the region, including Sutherland (Northern Cape) and Beaufort West (Western Cape).

By Tuesday the cold front was expected to have advanced to the Eastern Cape province, with snowfalls (disruptive in places) expected at localities such as Graaff Reinet, Cradock and Queenstown.

“In particular, some rainfall along the southern Cape coast and adjacent interior could be heavy, leading to localised flooding. Localities such as George, Plettenberg Bay and Jeffrey’s Bay are likely areas, regarding the risk of heavy rainfall.”