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Disruptive snowfalls expected in Province

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In a special weather advisory, the weather service said an intense cold front, associated with an upper cut-off low pressure system, was expected to affect the Western and Northern Cape from Wednesday evening.

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ACCORDING to the South African Weather Service, disruptive snowfalls are expected to affect the Western Cape, Northern Cape and the Eastern Cape from Thursday evening and into Friday.

In a special weather advisory, the weather service said an intense cold front, associated with an upper cut-off low pressure system, was expected to affect the Western and Northern Cape provinces as well as the Eastern Cape from Wednesday (30/09/2020) evening into Friday (02/10/2020) morning.

“The public and small stock farmers are advised that snowfall, strong winds, heavy rain, flooding and very cold conditions can be expected.”

It added that disruptive snowfalls can be expected over the high lying areas of the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape on Thursday evening into Friday while strong southerly winds are expected in places over the western interior on Thursday.

In Kimberley the overnight temperature is expected to drop to 3 degrees on Thursday night and 2 on Friday night, while the daytime temperature will be 21 degrees C. It will start warming slightly on Saturday with a maximum of 24 degrees C forecast and an overnight minimum of 5 degrees C. On Sunday, the daytime temperature is expected to be a warm 27 degrees C.

In Sutherland, the overnight temperature tonight (Tuesday) is expected to drop to -3 degrees. On Wednesday the predicted maximum and minimum is 15 and -5 degrees C, which is expected to drop even further on Thursday and Friday nights to -6 degrees, with a daytime high on Thursday of only 7 degrees C.

Residents in De Aar can also brace themselves for chilly weather. Here the temperature on Thursday is expected to be a maximum of 13 degrees C with an overnight low of 1 degree C. On Friday, the town will be a nippy 16 degrees C, dropping to 0 degrees C overnight.