Strong winds, rain and snow expected across Eastern Cape

JULY 30, 2015

The SA Weather Services on Thursday morning said that gale force winds, rain and snow conditions are expected to affect from the Eastern Cape's coastal areas to its interior in the afternoon.

Strong winds and rain are expected in places such as in Joubertina, Patensie, Willowmore, Port Elizabeth, Jeffreys Bay, Addo, Somerset East, Grahamstown, Butterworth, East London, Peddie, Graaf-Reinet, Port Alfred, Lusikisiki, Stutterheim, Dutywa and Cradock while snowfall is expected in areas on the northern mountains of the Eastern Cape including in Graaf-Reinet, Barkly East, Maclear, Matatiele, Tarkastad and Burgersdorp.

"A  intense frontal system will  move through the Eastern Cape this afternoon," explained Garth Sampson, SA Weather Services spokesman for the Eastern Cape.

"This will result in strong to gale force coastal winds accompanied by rain showers (>10mm) and snow over the high ground, which can be disruptive in places." 

"The effects of the system will  be over by late morning on Friday."

He said that the outlook for the weekend is generally SUNNY.

Additional Weather reporting

"The latest long term forecast shows a strengthening El Nino signature," said Sampson.

"This means that generally rainfall should be below the norm for the rest of the year, peaking in December. Thus, although receiving good rains this winter, the outlook for the summer season does not look promising."

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"With less cloud, night temperatures will be cooler than the norm," Sampson said.