Durban - The South African Weather Service (SAWS) and the eThekwini Municipality have issued a warning that heavy rains and cold weather are expected to hit KwaZulu-Natal from Wednesday.

Other provinces in South Africa are also expected to experience bad weather conditions - Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.

Tozi Mthethwa, eThekwini Municipality Head of Communications said snowfall is also expected over the south-western high ground of KZN between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

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“Residents should not panic but take precautionary measures to ensure safety during this period. These measures include staying indoors and off the roads (where possible), avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams where water is above your ankles. If trapped within a vehicle by rising waters, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground. Residents living in informal settlements are also advised to secure their roof sheeting,” said Mthethwa.

According to Wayne Venter of SAWS, these weather conditions can lead to disruptive and disastrous conditions.

Venter said cold weather will invade the Eastern Cape, southern KZN, southern Free State and the Northern Cape on Wednesday, spreading to reach the remainder of KZN, the Free State, Gauteng and Mpumalanga on Thursday, accompanied by maximum temperatures in the mid teens. However, very cold weather, characterized by single digit maximum temperatures (+9 °C or less), will dominate high-lying areas of the Eastern Cape and south-western KZN on Thursday.

Light snowfall is also expected to spread to the south-western and western high ground of KZN.

Likely weather conditions:

  • Disruptive snowfalls
  • Heavy rain
  • Flash flooding
  • Severe thunderstorms (hail, wind gusts)
  • High sea swells (>6m)
  • Strong winds
  • Veld fire

Residents are requested to only call the Disaster Management Call Centre for emergencies on 031 361 0000.

For more information residents should call the South African Weather Service on 012 367 6000 or visit their website on www.weathersa.co.za.

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