Freezing weather brings more snow to South Africa | eNCA

When you think of South Africa it’s not often you expect to see this

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or this

Image: Snow Report SA Facebook page.

Image: Snow Report SA Facebook page.

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.

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Temperatures at 700hpa over South Africa

h/t Argiris Diamantis

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3 thoughts on “Freezing weather brings more snow to South Africa | eNCA

    • If there’s a window they’ll tax it…oh hang on there’s a precident here 😉

      Originally introduced to make up for losses caused by clipping of coinage during the reign of William III, the tax was based on the number of windows in a house. It was a banded tax, for instance, in 1747 for a house with ten to fourteen windows, the tax stood at 6d. per window, fifteen to nineteen windows, 9d., and exceeding twenty or more, 1s.. The tax was raised six times between 1747 and 1808. By then the lowest band started at six windows. This was raised in 1825 to eight windows.

      The window tax was relatively easy to assess and collect as windows are clearly visible from the street.

      As early as 1718 it was noted that there was a decline in revenue raised by the tax due to windows being blocked up. It was also observed that new houses were being built with fewer windows. In 1851, it was reported that the production of glass since 1810 remained almost the same despite the large increase population and building of new houses.

      The complaints from the medical profession and enlightened individuals rapidly grew as the industrial revolution and urbanisation created mass housing and crowded cities, and raised the spectre of epidemics. They argued that the lack of windows tended to create dark, damp tenements which were a source of disease and ill-health.

      The campaigners eventually won the argument and in 1851 the Act was repealed and replaced by a house tax.

      http://www.historyhouse.co.uk/articles/window_tax.html

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