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Some good rain in Port Elizabeth while temperatures drop to -10C in Molteno

JULY 17, 2017
Some good rain in Port Elizabeth while temperatures drop to -10C in Molteno

Some good rains were recorded in Port Elizabeth over the weekend while Molteno recorded a low -10C as a cold front moved over the Eastern Cape, the Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Service said on Monday.

"Most rain was, as predicted, confined to the southern coastal regions," described Garth Sampson, Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape at the South African Weather Service.

Between Saturday and Monday morning, Plettenburg Bay recorded 39 mm of rainfall while Port Elizabeth  received 27 mm. 

However, East London got only 1mm and George 6 mm while it was virtually dry in Mthatha.

Catchment rainfall

  • Joubnerina                         4 mm
  • Kareedouw                        NIL
  • Kouga Dam                         1 mm
  • Patensie                              5 mm
  • Uitenhage                           5 mm

According to Sampson, the coldest morning temperatures, were recorded on Monday morning with the mercury dropping to -10C in Molteno.

Nestled high in the Stormberg Mountains, Molteno is reputed to be South Africa's coldest town and is close to the country's only ski resort.

Barkley East followed closely behind at -9 C; Jamestown at -8 C; Aliwal North  at -7C; Cradock & Elliot  at -3 C while Queenstown was a chilly -2 C.