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Steven Tau
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9 Jun 2017
6:01 am

Brrrr! Bitter cold here to stay

Steven Tau

Nights and mornings will be freezing with fog patches today in some parts.

Construction workers stand around a fire to keep warm in Industria West, Johannesburg. Picture: Alaister Russell

Residents around the country can expect only a slight improvement in daytime temperatures from today, going into the weekend, the South African Weather Service said yesterday.

This week, a strong cold front gripped the southern parts of the country, bringing strong winds and heavy downpours.

The cold snap from the cold front in question was only felt from yesterday by residents in the interior, including Gauteng.

Maximums in Gauteng ranged between 11ºC and 16ºC yesterday, while minimums in the extreme southern parts, including Vereeniging, slipped below the zero-degree mark.

Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, forecaster Mbhavi Malegae said residents in Gauteng and those in the central parts, including the Free State, should still brace themselves for cold early mornings and late evenings.

Minimums in Vereeniging are expected to improve very slightly up to zero today, before dropping again tomorrow to -1ºC.

In Johannesburg, residents can expect lows of 3ºC today before temperatures will drop to 1ºC tomorrow.

“We don’t expect any rainfall, but only fog patches in some parts of the country on Friday [today] with only a slight improvement in temperatures. “In most parts of the country, maximum temperatures are expected to range between 18ºC and 22ºC ,” Maleage said. However, some parts of the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga will still remain in the cold category, with maximum temperatures set to peak only at about 14ºC. Temperatures in North West and Limpopo are also set to remain quite cold, below the 20ºC mark.

Tomorrow there is another cold front expected to make landfall in the Western Cape, but it is not expected to be as strong as the one experienced in recent days, according to Malegae.

“The front will only bring a 30% chance of showers and thundershowers in the western parts of the Western Cape. It will be sweeping through very quickly,” Malegae said. –