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Cold snap to bring winter rains across SA

The weather service says a cold snap is quickly making its way across the country.

FILE: Capetonians get blown around the city by strong winds. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Weather Service says a cold front moving from the Western Cape towards Gauteng will bring scattered thundershowers in Pretoria and Johannesburg this weekend, and snowfall is also expected in some parts of the country.

Forecasters in Cape Town have warned that heavy rains and strong winds will persist over the next week.

But the weather service says the rainfall in Gauteng is expected to move over the province fairly quickly.

Forecaster Dipuo Tawana said, "The most significant weather system that we're seeing is the cut-off low system which is developing on the western parts of the country. It's expected to move quite quickly over the country and bring with it more rain over the Gauteng province."

The weather services has also issued a warning for more heavy rains in the Cape and strong winds today as the cold front continues to lash the province.

Forecaster Rian Smit said, "We've had a significant amount of rain over the peninsula overnight and Overberg regions and this is gradually sifting out towards the southern coastal areas but mainly to reach them during the course of the afternoon."

FLOODING

Hundreds of people have been affected by flooding in the Khayelistha area.

The City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management's Charlotte Powell said, "Heavy rain that is currently experienced across the Metropolis has resulted in low line areas being flooded, especially Khayelitsha, where 95 structures and 400 people have been affected. Our NGO partners are providing relief, as in hot meals sand blankets."

Meanwhile, the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro is also being hit hard by inclement weather. Disaster Management officials said they are on high alert.

Municipal spokesperson Mthubanzi Mniki said more than 600 people have been moved from their homes in various informal settlements already.

"We're monitoring the situation and we've warned our people to be alert and to communicate to their councillors so that we can dispatch Disaster Management to go and assist."

Some #Langa residents say the flooding here is worse this winter. NM pic.twitter.com/h9XIAyDqeG