Brace yourself, it’s going to be cold

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As temperatures have started to plummet gradually on Thursday morning, residents in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal can also expect some rainfall from this afternoon, the South African Weather Services said.

Speaking to The Citizen, forecaster Mbavhi Maliage said a 30% chance of showers was on the cards for the south-western parts of the province, which include areas such as Vereeniging and Krugersdorp, as well as other parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

“We are likely to have overnight rainfall of those areas,” said Maliage.

She said daytime temperatures are expected to only peak at highs of 16 degrees celsius, as the cold snap will fully set in over the weekend.

While admitting that the cold conditions expected over various parts of the country would put the power system under tremendous pressure, Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said it was still early to say whether the power utility will implement load shedding.

Load shedding was implemented every day of this week, particularly during peak hour periods of between 5pm and 9pm.


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