Cold snap grips SA, warning of hail & heavy rain in Gauteng

Heavy rainfall & hail is expected in parts of Gauteng, the Free State and the Eastern Cape.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Weather Service says the current cold snap will continue tomorrow.

It is warning of heavy thunderstorms over parts of Gauteng and possible hail this afternoon.

Heavy rainfall is also expected throughout the Free State and the Eastern Cape.

Temperatures are expected to stay in the teens until at least Wednesday, with strong wind forecast in and around Jo'burg.

Large hailstones have been reported in Randfontein.

The City of Tshwane's Johan Pieterse says residents should cover their cars and make sure animals have shelter.

"You can see that it's getting quite dark and cloudy. The weather service has predicted that from 10pm tonight there may be severe thunder storms with hail in the Gauteng area, which includes Tshwane and Jo'burg."

A Lenasia resident thought it was snowing.

"Its white all over, it's happening in Lenasia extension one where I am right now."

Meanwhile in KwaZulu-Natal, Emergency Services have been placed on high alert after flooding in areas in and around Durban.

Heavy traffic congestion is also being reported in the city centre due to heavy rain.

Emergency services' Robert McKenzie says, "We have unconfirmed reports of mudslides and flooding between Sibaya and Umhlanga on the N2. It is starting to flood, and that's the main concern at the moment."

The weather service says temperatures should start rising from Wednesday evening.

Forecaster Wayne Venter says, "[There is] also a warning of disruptive snow fall in the Eastern Cape, the South Western part of KwaZulu-Natal as well as the southern and the south eastern parts of the Free State. We also have a weather watch for possible severe thunder storms over the central parts of the Free State later today."

Gallery: heavy snowfall in the Free State, parts of KZN & EC


Meanwhile, Western Cape Disaster Management says its centres have been placed on high alert following a warning of inclement weather conditions expected to hit parts of the province later today.

The SA Weather Service has warned heavy rain is expected over the coastal areas of the Eden and Overberg districts tonight.

Along with gale-force winds, it's expected to spread to the Cape Metropole, Cape Winelands and parts of the West Coast districts by tomorrow.

A high alert has also been issued for localised flooding in these areas.

James Styan, spokesperson for Environmental Affairs MEC Anton Bredell says, "The Western Cape Disaster Management has received a severe weather warning from the SA-Weather Service for the next three days so we are expecting very heavy rain - especially coming in over the Garden Route area, Eden district as well as the Overberg area."