By Kaya 959 News
Gauteng Weather has warned that residents can expect much cooler temperatures from early Tuesday morning.
According to the South African Weather Services, a cold front is expected to blow in bringing with it icy winds and localised flooding.
⚠️ ALERT: POWERFUL FIRST COLD FRONT OF WINTER 2021 TO HIT GAUTENG BY EARLY TUESDAY!!!
— Gauteng Weather (@tWeatherSA) July 12, 2021
⚠️ ALERT: WORST COLD SNAP SO FAR IN 2021 expected in GAUTENG FROM TUESDAY, as BLISTERING SUB-POLAR AIR from JUST NORTH of ANTARCTICA LASHES SOUTH AFRICA!!!
— Gauteng Weather (@tWeatherSA) July 11, 2021
SAWS said the cold front will also cause gale-force winds between Cape Columbine and Cape Agulhas.
The weather service said adverse weather conditions in the area coincide with spring tides, where high tides reach levels higher than normal.
Therefore, large waves will reach further up the shoreline, particularly during high tides – approximately 5am – 6am/ 5pm – 6pm – for both Monday and Tuesday.
“This may result in localised infrastructure damage along the Western Cape coastline, as well as difficulty in navigation at sea for small vessels, with the likelihood of vessels taking on water and possibly capsizing,” SAWS warned.
With rainfall amounts expected to be in the region of 30 to 40mm flooding incidents are likely over the western areas of the Western Cape.
SAWS said general rainfall is also expected over the remainder of the Western Cape, the western areas of the Northern and Eastern Cape.
Very cold conditions are also expected to set in, with daytime temperatures plummeting to below 10 °C over the western mountains of the Western Cape as well as the southern high ground of the Northern Cape.
There is also a possibility of snowfall in these areas – which may be as deep as 5 to 15cm over the western mountains in the Western Cape Province, as well as on the southern high ground of the Northern Cape.
These conditions may lead to a loss of vulnerable livestock and crops, particularly on Monday.
“The public should take note that significant and widespread frost is expected over the western and central interior from Wednesday through to Friday,” SAWS said.