South Africans can expect a cold snap to affect most parts of the country this week.
Significantly cooler weather will fall over most parts of the country on Wednesday into Thursday, with the expectation of snowfalls on some southern mountains.
According to the South African Weather Service, cold weather will invade the Eastern Cape, southern KwaZulu-Natal, southern Free State and the Northern Cape on Wednesday, spreading to reach the remainder of KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State, Gauteng and Mpumalanga on Thursday, accompanied by maximum temperatures in the mid-teens.
Snowfall of a light to moderate nature is expected to spread to the south-western and western high ground of KwaZulu-Natal as well as the south-eastern and eastern extremities of the Free State on Thursday, November 16.
Widespread rainfall can also be expected over parts of Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, the eastern parts of the Free State and in the Eastern Cape on Thursday.
Moreover, it will remain cold and windy over much of the interior of South Africa on Thursday.
Life saving tips in heavy rainfall/flooding and severe cold events:
- If possible stay indoors and off the roads, avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams where water is above your ankles.
- If trapped within a vehicle by rising waters, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground. In buildings, move valuables to a safe place above the expected flood level.
- Switch off electricity at the supply point to the building.
- In rural areas, protect animals by moving them to shelter, away from rain, snow and potential flooding.
- Abandon your home immediately, should authorities recommend evacuation, before access is cut off by flood water.
- NEVER drive on a road covered by water. You do not know how deep it is or if the road has been washed away. If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
- Be especially cautious at night when flood dangers are difficult to identify.
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