Weather Update: SA freezing as six provinces hit -3°C and lower

2017-07-16 19:47 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - It's been a weekend of snow, snow and more snow across most of the high-lying areas of South Africa. 

On Monday, the coldest place in SA will once again be Sutherland in Northern Cape with the mercury dropping to -9°C, as five provinces will see towns experiencing sub-zero temperatures, including Bloemfontein slipping to -5 °C.

Motorists should be extra cautious, as possible traffic disruptions can be expected due to the snowfalls, with access to certain mountain passes to be affected in the Western and Eastern Cape.  

On Monday, 17 July, the SA weather service advises that  the cold front will move to the east of the country, with conditions improving significantly across the southern and western parts - however temperatures will remain cold. 

Sebego warns freezing levels are expected to drop due to the passing cold front, allowing for snowfalls over the mountainous areas of the Western Cape and Eastern Cape on Sunday, to as low as 1 200 to 1 400m above sea level.

SEE: WATCH: Snow on Table Mountain, more snow disruptions expected across SA

Freezing levels and snowfall 

The SA Weather Service has issued a watch for disruptive snowfalls are expected over the Southern Drakensberg region.

Black Frost, A dry freeze without the protective formation of hoarfrost that results in the internal freezing and death of vegetation, is also expected over the Free State and Northern Cape and south-western parts of the North West Province.

"The Western Cape and Northern Cape should brace for very cold maximum temperatures, <10°C in places, with a general decrease in temperatures expected across the rest of the country."

"Snowfalls are expected over the high lying areas of the province with disruptive snowfalls expected over the Sneeuberg and Winterberg. Passes such as the Lootsberg Pass and Penhoek Pass could be affected."

The public should take care in this regard, advises Sebego.


A 30% chance of rain is expected along the southern and south-western parts of South Africa on Monday.

"Isolated morning showers will be possible along the coastal areas of KwaZulu-Natal on this day, while very cold mornings with frosty conditions are expected across most of the interior."  

Gale force winds and heavy swells

Gale force south-westerly winds of 65km/h are expected along the coast between Port Alfred and Port Edward on Monday and high seas of wave heights of 6 to 7m can be expected along Plettenberg Bay and East London.

"High seas with wave heights up to 9m can be expected between Cape Point and East London from Monday morning. We urge all beach-goers and sailors to please take note of these conditions," says Sebego.

Added to this, the Eastern Cape can also expect cold to very cold and wet conditions over the Province.

"The wet weather will start clearing from the west on Monday. However, due to the absence of cloud and maximum outgoing radiation, conditions will remain cold to very cold, especially over the high lying areas."

Temperatures for Monday 17 July: Click here to see the specific forecast for your city over the next few days

Minimum and Maximum 

Conditions are expected to be very cold across the interior, otherwise cold to cool. On Monday, the coldest place in SA will once again be Sutherland in Northern Cape as the mercury drops to -9°C, De Aar will reach -5 °C and Upington -4°C.

This as five provinces will see towns experiencing sub-zero temperatures. Vryberg in the North West will sink to -5 °C, while Bloemfontein and Bethlehem in the Free State will both start the day off at -5 °C,.

Worcester, Beaufort West and Oudsthoorn in the Western Cape will all start the day at -1 °C on Monday.

SEE: 11 of the best spots to see snow in SA

The warmest places in SA are expected to be Skukuza in Mpumalanga and Laphalale in Limpopo reaching a rather low 23°C. 

In Gauteng, Pretoria will reach 18°C and Johannesburg will be 17°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will see a high of 15°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will be a nippy 14°C, KwaZulu-Natal's Durban will reach 27°C and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape will also be a cool 19°C. 

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