A cold front is expected to hit the Cape over the course of the day today and this evening Thursday June 27, and the South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a weather warning.
SAWS forecasts winds of between 65 and 80km per hour from Thursday afternoon, with the potential of reaching 85km per hour before easing off in the evening. These strong to gale force winds may result in coastal and other infrastructure damage.
“While the forecast is for light to moderate rainfall over the Cape metropole , there may be periods of heavy downpours in a short period of time, which may lead to localised flooding – especially in informal settlements,” the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Management Centre said.
Snowfall is also predicted across various peaks in the Cape, but there will only be a light dusting of snow in these areas.
“Very little snow expected in the coming week. There is a cold front passing over the Cape Thursday night and Friday. With this system there is very small chance for light dusting of snow during Friday over the Western Cape western mountains, mainly confined to the peaks,” SAWS spokesperson Stella Nake said. “The next chance for snow is with the cold front passing on Sunday night into Monday. Similarly with this system, also a very small chance of snow over the western mountains. Also only for the highest peaks.”