Sub-zero Temperatures

Sub-zero temperatures are heading for South Africa – Photo: Ventusky

Brrrr! EIGHT provinces set for ‘sub-zero temperatures’ – with -9°C forecast

There’s only one province that looks likely to avoid a wave of sub-zero temperatures coming to Mzansi – here’s what you can expect.

Sub-zero Temperatures

Sub-zero temperatures are heading for South Africa – Photo: Ventusky

We’re not built for this level of cold! More biting conditions are heading to South Africa within the next few days, and the new week will get off to a very chilly start. In fact, some parts of the country could experience sub-zero temperatures of -9°C!

It’s going to get very cold in South Africa, very soon…

That’s according to the latest forecast from Ventusky. The extreme cold is set to bed itself in late on Sunday 14 August, before the very worst of the weather is felt overnight. Before dawn on Monday 15 August, every province apart from Limpopo will have experienced a ‘big freeze’.

The Western Cape, which is being bombarded by three separate cold fronts and facing snow flurries in some areas, will also be affected. The teeth-chattering temperatures also return for Monday night, and Tuesday morning will experience similar icy blasts.

SUb-zero temperatures
A snapshot of the temperature projections for South Africa, between 00:00 to 6:00 on Monday 15 August – Photo: Ventusky

Sub-zero temperatures by province: Who’s getting what?

Western Cape

  • Temperatures could reach a low of -5°C in the north-east.
  • Other cold spots can be found in Touwsrivier and Laingsburg. Both push the -3°C mark.
  • The City of Cape Town faces temperatures of 8°C, but northern sections of the municipality could sink to 1°C.

Northern Cape

  • The snow seeker’s paradise of Sutherland is set for a bracing -4°C.
  • However, it’s likely this province will host the coldest spot in the entire country. Sishen is forecast a baltic -9°C!
  • Kimberley is set to reach 0°C. Regions near the town could drop to -3°C.

Eastern Cape

  • Barkly East is on course for -4°C.
  • Molteno, north of Queenstown, will drop to -3°C.
  • Buffalo and NMB Municipalities won’t see temperatures dip below double digits.

KZN

  • Himeville and Underburg are your cold spots here, both will experience -4°C overnight.
  • Estcourt will also be confronted with sub-zero temperatures, as -1°C arrives on the radar.
  • Durban, Richard’s Bay remain unbothered. It could get as cold as -2°C in Pietermaritzburg.

Free State

  • Noordmanville is your coldest part of Free State: The mercury may plunge to -4°C.
  • Bloemfontein isn’t far behind, with -3°C on the cards for Mangaung.
  • Dealesville, near the Northern Cape, will experience similar lows.

North West

  • Vryburg will contend with a forecast of -3°C.
  • Parts of Schweizer-Reneke could slip below the -1°C mark.
  • Klerksdorp, Potchefstroom, and Lichtenburg are looking at temperatures between 0°C to -1°C.

Gauteng

  • Joburg, Vereeniging, and Benoni are braced for lows of 0°C.
  • It’s milder up north, where temperatures will hover just ABOVE freezing in Pretoria and Centurion.
  • The lowest temperature for Gauteng will land between Evaton and Katlehong, with -2°C predicted.

Mpumalanga

  • Amersfort and Middelburg are set for -2°C.
  • Piet Retief, Emalahleni, and Ermelo will marginally drop below 0°C.
  • Carolina will experience Mpumalanga’s biggest freeze, with -3°C forecast.