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Cold and Wet Weather Forecast for Eastern Cape This Week

Jun 1, 2015
Cold and Wet Weather Forecast for Eastern Cape This Week

Temperatures are forecast to drop as the 2015 winter season sweeps into the Nelson Mandela Bay and across the Eastern Cape, the SA Weather Service has  warned.

The wet and colder conditions, experienced from Sunday evening, are expected to last the rest of the week aided by a large frontal system moving over the southern part of South Africa, followed by a ridging high pressure, which keeps conditions cloudy, wet and cold.

Snowfall is also expected in the Eastern Cape's mountain peaks, overnight on Thursday, and into Friday morning.

The Eastern Cape holds the record for coldest temperature ever observed in South Africa, at -18.6ºC, on 28 June 1996 at Buffelsfontein, near Molteno, near Queenstown. In fact, Buffelsfontein is the coldest place in South Africa, with a mean annual temperature of 11.3ºC and an average annual minimum temperature of 2.8ºC.

Weather for the Eastern Cape for the rest of the week according to the Port Elizabeth branch of the SA Weather Service as published by Algoa FM:

Tuesday 02/06/2015:  

It will be cloudy with intermittent rain. Heavier rain showers are expected towards evening over western half of the Easter Cape (areas to the west of Port Elizabeth). Little to no rain expected over former Transkei region.

Wednesday 03/06/2015:  

We can expect strong North Westerly winds over the interior. This will be accompanied by scattered showers and thundershowers over the entire Eastern Cape region.

Thursday 04/06/2015: 

It will be cloudy and cold with rain and showers. Strong to gale force South-South Westerly winds are expected along the coast and adjacent interior, moderating later in the afternoon.

Heavier showers and thundershowers are expected in places between Port Elizabeth and East London, which can result in localized flooding.

The first major disruptive snowfalls of the year are expected overnight over the northern interior.

Due to strong Southerly winds, a spring high tide and a long southerly fetch, high seas with wave heights exceeding 6m are expected along the southern coast up to Port Alfred. These conditions can lead to destructive waves along the aforementioned coastline. Friday 

Friday 05/06/2015: 

It will generally start clearing from the west, although there will still be some rain along the Wild Coast.