SOUTH AFRICAN WEATHER SERVICE WARNS OF HEAVY RAIN, SNOW FOR PARTS OF COUNTRY

PRETORIA, The South African Weather Services (SAWS) has issued a special weather advisory for heavy rain and snowfall for some parts of the country as South Africans woke up to winter-like temperatures on Thursday.

Heavy rain leading to flooding is expected in places over the eastern parts of Eastern Cape Province nd southern parts of KwaZulu-Natal Province, including the eastern parts of Mpumalanga Province, the SAWS said .

Also, disruptive snowfalls are expected over the Sneeuberg and Winterberg mountains, spreading to the southern Drakensberg and southwestern high ground of KwaZulu-Natal province.

The Weather Services said an intense upper air trough was expected to affect Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, and Mpumalanga provinces.

The public and small stock farmers are advised of heavy rainfall in the Wild Coast and adjacent midlands and very cold conditions are expected over the northern interior of Eastern Cape Province, spreading to the southwestern high ground of KwaZulu-Natal Province and extreme north-eastern parts of the Free State Province.

Strong interior winds of 50 kilometres to 60 km per hour were expected over the interior of the Northern Cape, Free State, North West, northern interior of the Eastern Cape and north-eastern parts of the Western Cape, before subsiding from the west on Thursday.

The SAWS said it expected gale force winds of 35 knots between Port St. Johns in Eastern Cape and Kosi Bay in KwaZulu-Natal Province.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK