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The cold weather that gripped parts of South Africa during the past few days is expected to continue this week over the central and eastern parts, where it will get worse

This will be due to the cloudy conditions with showers of rain at times that are expected from the public holiday tomorrow, Tuesday, 16 June (Youth Day) until Thursday, 18 June, over North West, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and some parts of Limpopo.

According to the South African Weather Service, the cause of these extreme conditions is the cut off low (COL) system which will be situated over Free State on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then moving slowly north-eastwards by Thursday.

Furthermore, still as a result of this weather system, heavy rains which can lead to localised flooding are expected along the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal into southern Mozambique on Wednesday night into Thursday.

WATCH: Pool freezes over as SA temps drop below zero!

WEATHER warning: Bitter cold to worsen over public holiday

Figure 1: Predicted maximum temperature (deg. C) valid for Tuesday (left) and Wednesday (right) 16-17 June 2020.   Source: Unified (SAWS)

This system is expected to exit the country on Friday, with temperatures improving to the high teens and low twenties from the weekend.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) will continue to monitor any further developments relating to this weather system and will issue subsequent updates as required timely. Furthermore, the public are urged and encouraged to regularly follow the weather forecasts on television and radio issued by SAWS.

Updated information in this regard will regularly be available at

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