Flake news: Snow to hit 'majority of SA provinces' next week

Winter is coming. Over the next few days, South Africans will notice a distinct drop in temperatures as the mercury plunges all across the country. In fact, up to five provinces could experience snow at the start of the week, as our collective weather forecast takes a turn for the extreme.

Where the snow is set to fall in South Africa on Monday 25 May


The South African Weather Service (Saws) have confirmed to us that the snow will start to fall on Monday in the Northern and Western Capes. By Tuesday, the cold front will push its way eastwards, where dustings are likely to be seen in the Eastern Cape, Free State and parts of KZN. Lesotho is also in for a flurry:


"Adding to the recent two snow events over the Eastern Cape, Lesotho and Free State, the mountains of the Western Cape and south-western areas of the Northern Cape will experience their first snow of 2020 On Monday. By Tuesday 26 May, snow will spread to the central & northern interior of the Eastern Cape." 
"Snowfall is also likely to spread to include Lesotho, QwaQwa, and the KZN Drakensberg mountains. While many will be excited to see snow, SAWS nevertheless strongly encourages the public to refrain from travelling to snow sites amidst the global health crisis and the current lockdown regulations."Saws statement



Latest weather forecast for South Africa – gales, frost and flakes


Even if you aren't in line for snow, the advice from Saws is to keep yourself warm: Strong winds, high seas and "bitterly cold" daytime temperatures are set to grip the nation from Monday onwards:


Latest weather forecast for the Western Cape:

  1. Windy conditions are expected over most areas, with strong to gale force winds (50-70m/h) over the Western Cape.

  2. Rough seas and high waves of up to 6.5 metres are expected along the Cape's coastlines.[*]Bitterly cold daytime temperatures and moderate rainfalls are expected to spread eastwards over the Cape provinces.

Latest weather forecast for the rest of South Africa:

  1. Cold conditions are expected to set in over Lesotho, the Free State as well as the southern and south-western parts of North West province during the course of Monday.

  2. Southern parts of Gauteng are likely to be cold and windy on Tuesday.[*]Temperatures will recover gradually from Wednesday, with widespread morning frost forecast for SA's central interior.