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It’s that time of the year again: winter is nearly upon us and the South African Weather Services (SAWS) is predicting a major temperature drop and snowfall in some parts of the country starting from Wednesday. SAWS has highlighted the Cape as the region that will be most affected, with bitterly cold weather and widespread showers expected to start from there and spread to other provinces.
One key area is the Drakensberg Mountain peaks in Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal, which will be covered in snow from Thursday. Furthermore, regions such as Northern Cape, North West, Gauteng, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga can expect heavy rainfall from Friday afternoon, with the possibility of some thunderstorms developing.
The SAWS is urging people to be careful and take extra precautions while travelling or engaging in activities related to extreme weather conditions, as these could lead to localised flooding and disruption of road traffic. This is especially true for areas near rivers, dams or wetlands, as these are prone to flooding.
In addition, the SAWS has reminded the public to only use registered fire-wood suppliers to keep warm, as the risk of illegal cutting of trees for firewood is high. This is for environmental and safety reasons, as illegal felling of trees is both damaging to the environment and could put the safety of people in danger.
Finally, if you’re feeling unwell due to extreme weather conditions, it is advised to seek medical attention immediately. Given these weather conditions, this is a good opportunity to remind people to be mindful of their physical and mental health. Keep warm, stay safe and take all precautions necessary to ensure a pleasant winter season