A cold front made landfall in the Western Cape on Sunday, and this is expected to bring in icy cold polar air that could cause snow to fall on Sunday evening.
The following areas could experience snowfall:
Winterberg Mountain Range
Sneeuberg Mountain Range
South Drakenberg Mountain Range
Swartberg Mountain Range
HERE ARE THE TOP FIVE PLACES IN SA TO GO HUNT FOR SNOW:
Underberg: Snowfalls in the Underberg can occur anywhere from May through to October. The highest recorded snowfall in the area and, therefore, possibly the best time to go in search of snow is in August. Situated a mere 40kms from Underberg, Sani Pass is a great snow spot to explore, with the first winter snowfall having fallen there in late May this year. Be advised though, that you need a 4 x 4 to drive up the pass.
Golden Gate: The winter months in Golden Gate are very cold and temperatures can plummet to between -9 and -15°C. Snow is no stranger to this area.
Midlands: Winter in the Natal Midlands is cool and dry, with occasional snow and frost and average temperatures of 6°C. August 2021 saw the KZN Midlands transformed into a white-blanketed wonderland along with other large parts of SA previously untouched by it.
Meanwhile, scattered showers are expected in parts of the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape.
“Difficulty in navigation at sea is likely with small vessels and personal watercrafts (e.g. kayaks) at risk of taking on water and capsizing.
Short and localised disruptions of ports are possible, especially over the southwestern coastline. Fishermen should take caution when out on the rocks. The build-up of sand on coastal routes is also possible.”
It furthermore warned of large, unpredictable waves along the coast. Small vessels are advised to seek shelter in harbours, bays or inlets.
These areas will be affected by winds:
M_City of Cape town
“Conditions are such that the Fire Danger Index (FDI) is above 75. Under these conditions, fires may develop and spread rapidly, resulting in damage to property and possible loss of human and/or animal life.”
Conditions are such that the FDI index is above 75. Under these conditions, fires may develop and spread rapidly, resulting in damage to property and possible loss of human and/or animal life.
A WARNING WAS ISSUED FOR VELD FIRES
The SAWS advised that fire teams, labour and equipment should to be placed on stand-by.
“At the first sign of smoke, every possible measure should be taken in order to bring the fire under control in the shortest possible time.”
These areas will be affected:
Dr JS Moroka
City of Tshwane
City of Johannesburg / Johannesburg
Dr Beyers Naude – Graaff-Reinet
Graaff – Reinet
Walter Sisulu – Burgersdorp
Raymond Mhlaba – Fort Beaufort
Enoch Magijima – Komani
Blue Crane Route
Dr Beyers Naude – Baviaans
WHAT TO DO WHEN VELD FIRES APPROACH YOUR PROPERTY
What you should do when veld fire approaches your property:
Decide whether it is safer to stay or leave the scene.
Wear protective clothing and footwear.
Have emergency food and medical supplies ready.
Move livestock to safer areas.
Listen to the radio for news updates.
Wet the garden and house, especially on the side of the approaching fire.
Plug gutters and fill them with water.
Fill baths, buckets and dust bins with water in case the water supply fails, and have mops handy.
Seal any gaps between the doors and floor using wet towels or similar items.
Close all windows and doors.
If you decide to stay, go indoors and remain there until the fire has passed.
Take fire hoses and other firefighting equipment indoors with you.
Check inside the house, including the roof cavity, and extinguish any small fires immediately.
Remain vigilant after the fire has passed.
If you decide to evacuate your home, remember that every second counts:
Escape first, then call for help. Develop a home fire escape plan and make sure everyone in the family gathers at an agreed meeting place outside.
Make sure everyone in the family knows two ways to escape from every room.
Practise feeling your way out with your eyes closed.
Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke and try to keep your mouth covered.