Cold and wet weather expected over the Eastern Cape this weekend

SEPTEMBER 16, 2016

The last grips of winter are expected to hit the Eastern Cape this weekend, with cold and wet expected over most of the area, the Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Services advised on Friday. 

"Showery conditions will reach the Port Elizabeth area by tonight and would have already reached East London and Mthatha by sunrise tomorrow morning," described Garth Sampson, the SA Weather Services' Eastern Cape Client Liaison Officer.

"The system will be short lived as clearance is expected to start from the west on Sunday morning."

The forecast is detail:

Friday 16/09/2016:  Showers are expected to reach areas south of Somerset East by sunset as a cold front sweeps over the area.  Small stock farmers are advised to take the necessary precautions as the cold and rainy weather spreads to the rest of the province overnight.  A steep upper trough, west of the cold front, enhances cloud development.

Saturday 17/09/2016:  The showers spread eastwards and northwards.   Cold to very cold temperatures are expected over the province.  The freezing level is expected to drop sufficiently to lead to disruptive snowfall over the Lootsberg Pass and passes in the southern Drakensberg. 

Sunday 18/09/2016:  The weather starts to clear over the western parts of the Eastern Cape as surface wind turns easterly.  These easterlies are however responsible for some low cloud lingering over the Wild Coast and adjacent interior, resulting in some light rain.  This is caused by a surface high pressure in a position SE of Durban. 

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