Snow fall alert issued as cold front hits SA

2015-04-14 17:44
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Cape Town - South Africans should prepare for a cold week ahead, with a big cold front that has already hit the Mother City and surrounds. 

Snow Report SA said on Monday that a cold air system will start impacting the country from Tuesday afternoon, 14 April. 

The Western Cape will feel it first, they said, with a sharp drop in temperatures that can be expected from Tuesday night, extending quickly into the Eastern Cape, with the colder temperatures reaching KZN on Thursday night. 

Looking at the cold temperatures this week and for the winter to come, the effect of Eskom's loadshedding is starting to hit home with South Africans who will have to endure a colder than usual winter without the luxuries of electrically powered heating facilities.

Eskom announced late on Tuesday afternoon that Stage three load shedding, the most severe power-cut the company inflicts, will now be implemented in the country until further notice. 

Also see: Loadshedding Stage Three currently in progress

South Africans are urged to keep warm and make careful use of alternative power sources like gas and paraffin. 

These reported temperatures and freezing levels are ideal for snow, and because there is moisture moving slightly inland, chances of snow on some of the mountain ranges will be seen on Thursday this week.

The Snow Report SA map below indicated the various places were snowfall will be most probable. 

(Map:Snow Report SA)

There is also a chance that the snow could extend up further into the Eastern Cape Drakensberg late on Thursday. 

Vryburger reported that the South African winter as a whole would be colder and longer than usual in 2015.

Weather forecasts show that the Eastern Cape would have to brace for a bitterly cold, dry winter this year with plenty of heavy frost and sub-zero temperatures to be expected. 

While South Africa is gearing up for a bitterly cold winter, on the other side of the world the UK is rejoicing to a certain degree, as an unexpected three-month-long heatwave alert has been issued for Britain.

Last week Friday Londoners were ecstatic when temperatures soared up to 22°C, in what was recorded the hottest day in London since August 2014. 

See: WARNING: The hottest day in London - a whopping 22°C

This Northern hemisphere heatwave is set to hold until mid-July, The Independent reported. 

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