The significant drop in daytime temperatures forecast for this weekend over several parts of the country signals that the start of the winter season is here, the South African Weather Services said yesterday.
Forecaster Wayne Venter said temperatures in most parts of the country are expected to range between the mid and high teens due to a cold front that is currently sweeping through the Western Cape.
Temperatures in Gauteng will start to drop today, but the big drop is expected on Sunday when highs are set to be below the 20 degrees Celsius mark, Venter said. He advised those planning to attend the EFF’s election manifesto launch at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto tomorrow to dress warmly as it is also expected to remain cloudy for the better part of the day.
Johannesburg is expected to reach highs of 21 degrees Celsius tomorrow.
Elsewhere, temperatures in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, southern parts of the Free State and southern KwaZulu-Natal are expected to hover around the low teens tomorrow. Similar conditions to Gauteng are also on the cards for Mpumalanga and Limpopo where temperatures are set to be in the high teens.
Meanwhile, a watch for a possibility of heavy rainfall has been issued for the Cape metropole. Venter said they expect a bit of a recovery sometime next week, stressing that temperatures are expected to remain in the mid 20s during the first week of May.