Brace yourself, the blistering cold weather is back with a vengeance on Thursday – a painful (chilly) reminder that we are still bearing the brunt of winter.
According to the South African Weather Service (SAWS), an intense cold front is expected to make landfall on Thursday in the south-western parts of the country, with heavy rain predicted for the Western Cape.
This severe weather may also lead to localised flooding.
Spokesperson for the Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning James Brent-Styan said: “The bad weather will include disruptive rain, strong winds and snow, especially over the weekend. So, we urge people to take precautions ahead of the bad weather that is expected from Thursday,” as per EWN.
SAWS also took to Twitter to explain that “SAWS is the only authoritative voice of severe weather in South Africa. We will keep you posted on our social media and media platforms if any changes in weather alerts do occur.”
This comes after the weather service dismissed videos forecasting snow for Gauteng.
🚫The video doing the rounds on social media forecasting snow for Gauteng next weekend is not true. Although a cold front is expected in South Africa later this week, numerical model predictions together with historical observations do not suggest snowfall in GP at this stage.
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) August 22, 2021