Cape Towners can start getting their blankets and umbrellas ready for the cold and rainy weather that is expected to hit the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape later this week.
The South African Weather Service (SAWD) says a cold front over the south-western parts of the Western Cape will result in rain on Thursday morning.
“Daytime temperatures are expected to drop across the southern half of the country and wintry conditions such as widespread and significant rain, snow over mountain areas, gale-force sea winds and rough sea conditions can be expected over the southern sea areas.”
The weather service has advised small livestock farmers in the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape to bring animals to dry shelter in lower-lying areas.
Cloudy and cold to very cold weather will occur in the Northern and Western Cape from Friday, after which it will also spread to most of the Eastern Cape over the weekend.
Widespread rain showers are expected and there is the possibility of flooding especially on the south-eastern coast and adjacent inland.
The weather service also appealed to inexperienced hikers to avoid hiking trails in the Western and Eastern Cape over the weekend.
“Only experienced, well-prepared hikers and climbers should venture into the mountains and hiking trails of the Western and Eastern Cape this weekend. The danger of hypothermia in mountainous areas, especially when someone is lost, injured or poorly prepared, can be life-threatening.”
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