National 26.7.2016 11:02 am

More warnings for severe thunderstorms

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Provinces to be affected by severe thunderstorms include Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Free State, Limpopo as well as the entire KwaZulu-Natal.

As most parts of the country are gripped by cold and wet weather conditions, the SA Weather Services has issued more warnings for severe thunderstorms on Tuesday.

Provinces to be affected by severe thunderstorms include Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Free State, Limpopo as well as the entire KwaZulu-Natal.

Speaking to The Citizen on Tuesday morning, forecaster Madimetja Thema said by 9.30am, thunderstorms were already moving through the Groblersdal area in Limpopo.

“These thunderstorms are going to be an on and off thing throughout Tuesday in those areas,” Thema said.

He warned that the cold and wet weather conditions currently experienced over several parts of the country were only an indication of the beginning of the winter season.

Disruptive snowfalls are still expected over the Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

Meanwhile the province which has recorded the highest rainfall so far is KwaZulu-Natal, while the southern parts of Gauteng experienced the most rain overnight.

Thema said while a gradual improvement in daytime temperatures was expected from Thursday, early mornings and late evenings were expected to remain cold.

“In fact, as things stand, we might record a record low of -9 degrees Celsius in an area called Buffelsfontein in the Eastern Cape,” he said.

The cold and weather conditions are as a result of a cut-off low pressure system.

– stevent@citizen.co.za

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