Cold front, scattered showers headed Gauteng’s way

Maximum temperatures expected to peak to as little as 10 degrees.

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JOHANNESBURG - The South African Weather Services is warning of a cold snap in Gauteng this weekend with maximum temperatures expected to peak to as little as 10 degrees.

The weather service says scattered showers can also be expected.

Forecaster Madimetja Thema said, "On Monday and Tuesday, we are expecting very cold conditions for the rest of Gauteng with a chance of showers. Temperatures will start recovering by Thursday and Friday next week."


Meanwhile, in Cape Town, disaster risk officials assessed flood-prone areas across the city this morning following heavy rains.

Further downpours brought on by a strong cold front were expected this afternoon.

The South African Weather Service's Rian Smit says another cold front is expected to move in on Friday afternoon.

"We are expecting substantial figures of rain out of that system but very cold conditions projected to go through to Saturday with a south-easterly circulation and that can result in quite a bit of snowfall on the mountain, especially the southern Cape mountain range, being the Swartkop mountain range and the Outeniqua mountain range."

The City of Cape Town's Charlotte Powell says they're ready in the event of any emergencies.

"We will remain on high alert during this period with other city services and our NGO partners, and we will be ready to be activated to any emergency or any flooding situation."

Meanwhile the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has warned of rough sea conditions due to a full moon spring tide.

The NSRI's Craig Lambinon said, "We urging particularly boaters, paddlers… anyone who is walking along the beach, people hiking along hiking trails along the coast lines, and also anglers to be cautious."

Additional reporting by Monique Mortlock & Charlotte Kilbane