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Brutal cold front moves into Western Cape

A local weather forecaster says temperatures will drop and heavy downpours are expected tonight.

FILE: Temperatures are expected to drop to a chilly 11 degrees as the cold front makes its way across the province. Picture: Stephen Phillipson.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Weather Service on Wednesday warned a cold front was approaching the Western Cape this evening.

Temperatures are expected to drop to a chilly 11 degrees as the cold front makes its way across the province.

Weather forecaster Jan Vermeulen says heavy downpours are expected tonight.

Vermeulen says the rains will be accompanied by snow on some of the mountains such as the Hex River Valley.

"We expect some snow falls associated with the system over the mountains in the Western Cape and some areas of the Southern Cape."

Earlier today Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, released a statement saying the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre had been alerted to adverse weather conditions expected in areas of the Western Cape on Wednesday and Thursday.

"Strong windy conditions in the interior and very cold weather conditions can be expected over the next two days. Some of the other associated risks during bad weather like this also include mudslides, and informal settlement fires as well as severe cold made worse by the possible electricity challenges due to potential load shedding."

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Bredell has urged motorists and pedestrians traveling in the province over the next few days, to take extra caution.

"Care should be taken when crossing low lying bridges, or streams and rivers as floodwaters may be on the way."

Provincial as well as Municipal Disaster Management Centres remain fully operational with officials on standby 24/7.

These centres can be activated immediately should the need arise.

The Minister reminded the public to contact the relevant disaster management entities as quickly as possible should an emergency occur. He has also called on communities to cooperate with local authorities and emergency response personnel in the event of any emergency.

"The easiest number to remember to call is 112. This number can be dialled toll-free from any cellphone."

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