Look! It snows in September


Before spring fully takes hold in South Africa, the country must first go through a few cold fronts, and even snow.

Parts of the Cape provinces received snowfall on Monday due to a cold front moving across the country.

Residents of Namaqualand in the Northern Cape, and Laingsburg and Worcester in the Western Cape shared photos on social media of snow that fell in September.

The area around Sutherland was covered with a thick layer of snow, while residents in other parts such as Swellendam could only see the snow from afar on the mountains.

The South African Weather Service (SAWD) earlier warned that snow of 5 cm to 10 cm can be expected over several mountain ranges.

The weather service says the cold front will move across the east of the country on Tuesday before leaving the country. However, this will cause a sharp drop in temperatures.

“It will be cold across South Africa,” says the weather service.

“However, the temperatures will drop especially in the east of the country, and the temperatures in the west are expected to improve throughout the day.”

Snow is expected on Tuesday over parts of the Drakensberg, as well as in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

The weather service has issued a yellow level 1 warning for heavy snowfall in these areas.

It is expected to be cloudy and rainy over the eastern parts of the country. Parts of Mpumalanga, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape have a 30% chance of rain on Tuesday.

“Widespread morning frost will occur across the central, southern and western parts of the interior,” says the weather service.