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Temperatures expected to drop below zero as cold snap grips Gauteng

The South African Weather Service forecast a cool day in Gauteng, while temperatures were expected to drop below zero degrees from Wednesday.

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JOHANNESBURG – Tuesday is expected to be a chilly and windy day in Gauteng as a cold front sets over the province, while Eskom warned residents to use heating devices sparingly as the power grid remains constrained.

The South African Weather Service forecast a cool day in Gauteng, while temperatures were expected to drop below zero degrees from Wednesday.

Forecaster Celeste Fourie said: “The wind is going to start picking up a little bit and then going into tomorrow morning we can expect a drop in minimum temperatures. The southern parts of Gauteng is going to be about minus two degrees, and the northern parts is going to be zero degrees.”

Meanwhile, Eskom said technicians are still working to bring some of its units back online which meant the system was still under pressure.

Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said: “We request the people to assist us in keeping the lights on by reducing the usage of electricity.”

Meanwhile, Johannesburg emergency services said they were on high alert as a cold snap takes hold in Gauteng.

The City has urged residents in informal settlements to be cautious when using gas stoves or open flames.

Joburg emergency services' spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said: “From our side as emergency management services, we will remain on high alert monitoring all our vulnerable communities when we have cold weather conditions like this one, mostly our informal settlements.”

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