Temperatures are expected to drop this week. Image: Pixabay

SIGNIFICANT drop in temperatures expected THIS WEEK

Time to bring out the cozy blankets and warm jackets – South Africa can expect to see SIGNIFICANT drops in temperatures THIS WEEK


Temperatures are expected to drop this week. Image: Pixabay

An advanced forecast suggests that parts of South Africa can expect a significant drop in temperatures during the upcoming week. Conditions may still change.

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Temperatures expected to drop this week

On Wednesday, 10 May, a high-pressure system over the northeastern parts of South Africa will cause Bergwinds to bring warm to hot weather to the western and southern parts of the country.

However, on Thursday morning, a cold front, accompanied by a ridging high-pressure system, is expected to make landfall in the southwest Cape.

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This system is expected to bring some rain to the extreme southwestern and southern parts of the Northern Cape and over parts of the Western Cape.

Additionally, cool to cold weather conditions will set in from the southwest on Thursday, spreading to the country’s interior by Friday.

By Friday, 12 May, cold to very cold weather conditions are expected over the southern high grounds of the Northern Cape, northeastern high grounds of the Western Cape, and northern high grounds of the Eastern Cape.

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This cold weather is expected to spread to the southern and eastern parts of Lesotho and the Drakensberg Mountain range between Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, with possible snowfall in these areas.


As temperatures drop, it’s important to remember that our pets also feel the cold. Just like us, pets can be at risk of frostbite, hypothermia, and other winter-related hazards. Here are some tips to help keep your furry friend safe and warm during the colder months.

  1. Keep them indoors If it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet. Keep them inside where they can stay cozy and safe. Don’t leave pets in the car alone, as it can act like a refrigerator and hold in the cold air, which can result in your pet freezing and could lead to serious health concerns, including death.
  2. Protect their paws After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach. Your pet may step in ice, salt, and chemicals, which can be very painful. Massage petroleum jelly into your pet’s paw pads before going outside to help protect from salt and chemical agents. Booties can also be effective in covering and protecting paws when out on walks.

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  1. Keep them warm Never shave your dog down to their skin during winter. Longer coats provide more warmth.
  2. Hydrate and feed them well Feed your pet a little extra in the winter months as they work harder to stay warm and burn extra energy. Ensure they are also drinking plenty of water to keep them and their skin hydrated.
  3. Provide a warm sleeping area Ensure your furry companion has a warm place to sleep that’s off the floor and away from drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.