Weather service said residents should anticipate cold weather and possible snowfall over the Western and Northern Cape. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency(ANA)
Weather service said residents should anticipate cold weather and possible snowfall over the Western and Northern Cape. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency(ANA)

Intense cold front expected to hit the Western and Northern Cape from Thursday

By Theolin Tembo Time of article published Aug 23, 2021

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Cape Town - An intense cold front is expected to make landfall in the south-western parts of the country on Thursday evening, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) says.

This comes after the SAWS dismissed a video doing the rounds on social media, which forecast snow for Gauteng next weekend.

“Although a cold front is expected in South Africa later this week, numerical model predictions together with historical observations do not suggest snowfall in GP at this stage.

“SAWS is the only authoritative voice of severe weather in South Africa. We will keep you posted on our social media and media platforms if any changes in weather alerts do occur,” the SAWS tweeted.

The Cape Argus followed up on the post by the SAWS, in which the weather services said residents should anticipate cold weather and possible snowfall over the Western and Northern Cape.

“Significant rainfall amounts, very cold conditions with possible snowfall over the high-lying areas, damaging winds and significant wave heights are expected in places over the Western and Northern Cape from Thursday until Saturday.

“Weather alerts valid for Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be sent out by early tomorrow (Tuesday) morning,” the SAWS said.

The weather service said it would monitor the situation and send updated information if necessary.

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