When you think of South Africa it’s not often you expect to see this
Maximum temperatures for Friday will peak in the mid to upper teens for most of the country while only Polokwane in the north eastern part of South Africa is expected to reach 21 degrees Celsius.
Less than a week after South Africa was in the grip of a major cold spell, the next series of cold fronts have already dropped the temperatures in the Cape provinces.
The first front gained strength over the interior on Wednesday and slowly moved eastwards on Thursday. This resulted in a sharp drop in temperatures for the Free State and North West. The lowveld experienced berg winds, pushing temperatures into the low- and mid-thirties.
A second, strong front passed over the Western Cape on Thursday morning, maintaining the cold wintry conditions for the province. The cold and wet weather will spread into the Northern and Eastern Cape later in the day.
Snow will fall on almost all the mountain ranges of the Western Cape, and around Sutherland in the Northern Cape, late on Thursday. From the afternoon, snow can be expected over the many of the mountain ranges of the Eastern Cape, including in the Hogsback area. On Friday snow fall is expected across the mountain tops and high-lying areas of the Eastern Cape.
The cold fronts quickly move away on Friday, and clear, cold and dry air settles over much of the country. This will lead to temperatures plummeting in the evenings leading into the weekend. Minimums will drop far below freezing for most of the interior and the high-lying areas may experience black frost.
h/t Argiris Diamantis