Latest weather forecast: Cold weather to set in over Eastern Cape

JULY 22, 2016

According to the South African Weather Service's Port Elizabeth office, a surface high pressure will feed in cloudy conditions over areas of the Eastern and Western Cape south of the escarpment (south of Graaf Reinet) during the day and isolated patches of showers are expected in places over the interior.

For your weekend, the office issued the forecast below; 

Saturday 23/07/2016: 

An upper air trough will intensify during the day, with a high pressure system causing the cloudy conditions  to persists over the Eastern Cape. The system will feed in cold air from the SW with a possibility of light snowfalls over the high peaks of the coastal mountains west of Port Elizabeth (Tsitsikamma, Kouga and Baviaanskloof).  Snow is also expected over the Winterberg overnight.

Sunday 24/07/2016:

The upper trough will intensify into an upper air cut-off low over the Western Cape. With the surface high pressure positioned to the south of the Eastern Cape coast, we can expect scattered showers over the region, south of the escarpment (south of Graaf Reinet), with widespread showers east of East London.  Disruptive snow is expected over the Drakensberg and Stormberge.

Monday 25/07/2016: 

The cut-off low maintains its position, with the surface high pressure moving further SE.  This will cause the heavier rainfall that has been occurring over the eastern parts to the south western parts of the Eastern Cape (south of Jansenville). These conditions will reach Plettenberg Bay later. Disruptive snow is expected to continue over the Stromberg and Drakensberg, while lighter snowfall may re-occur over the Winterberg.

Tuesday 26/07/2016:

The cut off low moves to a position west of Port Elizabeth.  Rainy conditions will start to clear east of the Port Elizabeth.  Along the south coast (Garden Route),  occasional heavy showers are still possible during the day. 

Wednesday 27/07/2016: 

The cut-off low moves out to sea east of Port Elizabeth, with gradual clearance from the east.

"Please listen to the radio and visit www.weathersa.co.za for the latest warnings and advisory’s," urged Garth Sampson, the SA Weather Services' Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape.