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Storm surfers set for a splashing time

Cape Town - Big-wave surfers have descended on the city as the Cape of Storms works up some of winter’s best swells.

For most Capetonians it was time to pack away the sunblock, and the SA Weather Service said a chilly week lay ahead.

Dungeons is experiencing huge swells as a deep low pressure system approaches. Photo: Brenton Geach. Credit: Independent Newspapers

But for champion big-wave surfers like Durban’s Grant “Twig” Baker, it was time to get into the water.

Cape Town’s notorious big-wave spot, Dungeons near Hout Bay, is experiencing huge swells as a deep low pressure system with a steep gradient approaches the city.

The rough stuff was expected to hit the Western Cape before spreading to other parts of the country, said senior forecaster Ezekiel Sebego.

He said the wintry weather would spread throughout the Western Cape on Tuesday, as well as southern parts of the Northern Cape and western parts of the Eastern Cape.

Wednesday, widespread showers were expected in the Western Cape, with heavy rain in the winelands and the Overberg.

Snow is expected in the south-western parts of Western Cape and Northern Cape on Wednesday morning, spreading east towards Lesotho by Thursday.

“The public are advised that such snowfalls are highly likely to result in the temporary closure of certain mountain passes,” Sebego said.

Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga would experience mild conditions until Thursday. The chill was expected to arrive in Gauteng by Thursday. Conditions would be cold and windy on Friday.

“Cold conditions are expected in Gauteng on Women’s Day on Friday, when there will also be a likelihood of light showers,” Sebego said.

Limpopo would also experience cold conditions on Friday.

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