Near record-cold in South Africa

Near record-cold in South Africa:

Snow alert ahead of bitterly cold weekend

29 Jun  2016 – Large parts of SA can expect the mercury to plummet over the next few days, according to the South African Weather Service.

Bitterly cold temperatures are being felt across SA, as PE saw the mercury drop to 1.9°C on Wednesday.

Forecasts for Thursday call for a drop to -3°C in Gauteng’s Vereerniging and the Northern Cape’s Sutherland, and  to -0°C in Mpumalanga’s Standerton, the Northern Cape’s Calvinia as well as the Free State’s Bethlehem.

South African Weather Service spokesperson Garth Sampson says it was the coldest temperature since 2014 set at 1.4°C, and it would have had to drop a further -0.7°C to set an all-time record.

Sampson warns the upcoming weekend is expected to be super cold with possible snowfall to hit the Eastern Cape by Friday afternoon.

Snow is also expected on southern mountains including  Tsitsikama Mountains, Baviaanskloof Mountains, Amatola/Winterberg Mountains around Hogsback, says Sampson.

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