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Cold front expected to bring with it gale-force winds and cold temperatures

JUNE 5, 2017
Cold front expected to bring with it gale-force winds and cold temperatures

A significant cold front is currently expected to reach Cape Town on Tuesday evening, spreading through the Eastern Cape by the early hours of Thursday morning, the Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Service said on Monday.

"Ahead of this cold front, warm Berg wind conditions can on Tuesday (6 June) with hot conditions along the south coast. This system is expected to bring very strong interior winds on Wednesday (7 June) possibly reaching gale force in places in the western and northern interior," described Garth Sampson, Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape at the South African Weather Services. 

"By the early hours of Thursday morning we might see some light snow on the Sneeuberg (Graaff-Reinet) through to the southern Drakensberg (Barkley East/Elliot area)."

He said that Gale force Westerly winds can be expected along the south coast on Thursday with gusts of up to 100km/h possible in places.

"Please note that while some showers are expected along the south coast, most of the rain will impact on the Western Cape and not much can be expected over the Eastern Cape. This system is therefore significant due to the strong winds that many areas will experience and a sudden drop in temperatures on Thursday and Friday," Sampson added.

Current alerts:

Warning: Tuesday 6 June: Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the western interior of the Eastern Cape.

Advisories: 

1. Wednesday and Thursday: Strong NW'ly winds are expected over the interior on Wednesday and Thursday, possibly reaching gale force over the western and northern interior on Wednesday. Gale force W'ly winds are expected along the south coast on Thursday, spreading toward East London.

2. Thursday: High seas with wave heights from 6 to 9m are expected along the south coast on Thursday.