By: Natasha Archary
Two winter systems that gripped South Africa from Friday 13 August has resulted in massive snowfalls throughout that country, making it a white winter as temperatures reach all-time lows.
Several parts of the country have reported blankets of snowfall from Friday morning including the Drakensberg, Eastern Cape, high-lying areas of the Western Cape and Lesotho.
Meanwhile, icy weather has shifted to the rest of the country with a low-pressure system bringing strong winds and rainfall in the Northern Cape, Free State, Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal.
This isn’t the first time snow fell this year, in June South Africa started the cold season with a white winter wonderland when snow-covered Lesotho and the Drakensberg.
According to the South African Weather Services, the cold front is expected to exit the country by Sunday evening, bringing a more settled weather system which will offer warmer conditions in the week to follow.
⚠️Media Release: Two winter systems affecting South Africa in the days to come (12 to 15 August 2021). pic.twitter.com/Mc0QJEZR69
— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) August 11, 2021
Here’s a look at the white winter wonderland that has fallen over the country:
Holidaymakers were treated to a blanket of snow at Semonkong Lodge in Lesotho, in the wake of an icy weather system sweeping across South Africa: News24 pic.twitter.com/vXjEds5WYF
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