A cold front is expected to sweep through the country from Thursday evening
THE SOUTH African Weather Service has issued an alert for a high danger of veld fires and damaging winds in large parts of the Northern Cape as a cold front is expected to sweep through the country from Thursday evening.
Rainfall and snow is expected in the Western Cape on Friday followed by a drop in temperature around the country as well as frost in places.
Temperatures are expected to plummet in Kimberley, where it will reach a low of one degree Celsius on Saturday and three degrees C on Friday night.
Daytime temperatures will reach 16 degrees C on Friday and 18 degrees C on Saturday.
Warmer temperatures can be expected from Monday.
An alert for high fire danger was issued on Wednesday in Kimberley, Postmasburg, De Aar, Griekwastad, Groblershoop, Prieska, Augrabies Falls, Hopetown, Victoria West, Danielskuil, Upington, Petrusville, Barkly West and Vanwyksvlei, where it was stated that the fire danger index was above 75.
Under these conditions, it was warned that fires may develop and spread rapidly resulting in damage to property and loss of life of humans and animals.
Warnings of wind damage and choppy seas were issued for Thursday over coastal areas and small harbours, including areas in the proximity of Sutherland and the Karoo Hoogland, where it was stated that small vessels could capsize.
It was indicated that damage could be caused to formal and informal settlements while problems could also be encountered by high-sided vehicles on the N1, N7, R321 and R43 due to cross-winds on exposed high-level roads and bridges.