After a nice long and cold winter – and even snow in the middle of September in the Western Cape – warmer weather is around the corner according to the South African Weather Service.
According to Lehlohonolo Thobela, a forecaster at the weather service, the cold front with such extreme conditions is not common for this time of year, but South Africans can take out their patches and start ironing their shorts from Thursday.
“We normally get cold conditions just after spring which usually brings windy conditions, but no snow,” says Thobela.
“From Thursday, the summer should rear its head again and warmer temperatures can then be expected in the central parts of the country.”
Thobela says early predictions are that South Africans should prepare for a dry summer.
“Although certain parts of the country are experiencing spring rains, El Niño will soon bring drier weather conditions.
“The eastern parts of South Africa, especially in late summer, are expected to experience low rainfall,” says Thobela.
According to forecasts, South Africans can therefore expect cool to warm weather conditions this week with warmer weather prevailing over the central parts of the country from Thursday.
“However, there is still a cold front that will hit the southern parts of the country and bring a 30% chance of rain on the West Coast on Thursday.”
The central and eastern parts of the country are not expected to receive rain anytime soon.