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South Africa weather forecast: What to expect in the coming days

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Published Sep 13, 2023


South Africans continue to grin and bear through the cold weather as winds and rain batter cities.

As we prepare for the upcoming days, the weather forecast promises a mixed bag of conditions.

While we cannot predict the weather, we take a detailed look at the South Africa Weather Service (SAWS) weather forecasts for the next few days:


Depending on where you are, South Africans can expect a variety of weather conditions on Wednesday. Along Mpumalanga, residents should anticipate drizzle. However, for the rest of the country, fine and cool weather is on the horizon.


On Thursday, the west coast will experience isolated showers, while the rest of the nation can look forward to fine and warm conditions. However, the south-western region will remain cool.


Heading into the weekend, South Africa will witness rain and showers along the south and west coasts. The rest of the nation can expect fine and warm conditions, but the south-west will remain cool, so it’s important to plan your outdoor activities accordingly.

Yellow Level 1 Warning

Additionally, there is a Yellow Level 1 warning for damaging winds along the east coast of the Eastern Cape. Residents in this area are advised to take precautions and stay updated on local weather alerts.

Understanding cold fronts

This confusing weather comes after SAWS said the there will be improvements and drop in temperature in the coming days.

In a post on X on Monday, SAWS said: “The cold front will move east and exits the country tomorrow causing a significant drop in temperatures over the eastern parts of South Africa while a slight improvement in day-time temperatures can be expected in the west.”

But what exactly is a cold front?

A cold front is a meteorological phenomenon where a mass of cold air advances and replaces a region's warm air.

As it moves, it often brings about changes in weather, including cooler temperatures, precipitation, and sometimes storms.

These fronts are typically associated with shifts in wind patterns and can have a significant impact on local weather conditions.