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Temperatures plummet as cold front hits Gauteng

SA Weather Service says it expects clear skies and no thundershowers as earlier predicted.

FILE: SA Weather Service says it expects clear skies and no thundershowers as earlier predicted. Picture: Stephen Phillipson.

JOHANNESBURG - The forecast cold front arrived last night and residents in Gauteng have been warned to wrap up warmly against the cold weekend.

The South African Weather Service was initially predicting more rain and possibly thundershowers along with the cold but now says it expects clear skies.

Forecaster Christina Taylor said, "We're having quite cold conditions that are moving through this morning already. We've had minimums of quite cold conditions, Pretoria sitting at 4 degrees, Johannesburg sitting at 2 degrees this morning and Vereeniging sitting at 0."

Temperatures are expected to reach highs of only 11 degrees Celsius later.

This is the second freezing weekend in a space of a month.

Three weeks ago, there was a significant drop in temperatures as a cold front swept in from the west of the country.

A cut-off low pressure system swept through the province bringing rainfall, scattered thundershowers and strong winds.

The Drakensberg and parts of the Eastern Cape experienced snowfall.

Meanwhile, heavy showers can be expected across the Western Cape this weekend. There's an 80 percent chance of rain forecast for Cape Town and surrounding areas today.

Taylor said, "There's cold front approaching the Western Cape and that is expected to make landfall throughout the day today. We're expecting some showers across the province. We do also have a warning for possible heavy rain as well as flooding for the Cape Metropolis, Overberg and western parts of Cape Winelands district."