The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has warned of wet, cold and windy conditions which are expected to hit the high-lying areas of the Namakwa region in the Northern Cape and over the interior of the Western Cape from Thursday into Friday
A yellow level 3 warning for disruptive rain has been issued over the south-western parts of the Western Cape.
A yellow level 2 warning for damaging waves has also been issued between Alexander Bay and Plettenberg Bay from the afternoon into Friday.
A well-defined cold front with upper air support is expected to make landfall on Thursday, dropping the daytime temperatures significantly.
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“Maximum temperatures may be 10C and below in places over the southern high-lying areas of the Namakwa region in the Northern Cape and over the interior of the Western Cape, reaching the Eastern Cape Thursday into Friday morning.
“General cold, wet, and windy conditions will accompany the cold front,” warned the weather service.
Thursday’s weather forecast
Gauteng: Morning fog patches in the north, otherwise fine and cool to warm. The expected UVB sunburn index: high.
Mpumalanga: Morning fog patches in the north-west, otherwise fine and warm.
Limpopo: Cloudy with morning fog in the central-southern parts, becoming fine and cool to warm.
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North West: Fine, windy and warm weather, becoming partly cloudy over the central and western parts in the afternoon.
Free State: Fine at first, otherwise partly cloudy weather, windy and cool to warm, with isolated afternoon showers and thundershowers, except in the north-east.
Northern Cape: Partly cloudy, windy and cool to warm with isolated showers and thundershowers in places, becoming cloudy over the central parts in the afternoon. Light and variable, becoming moderate to fresh north to north-westerly.
Western Cape: Cloudy and cold weather with widespread rain in the south-west spreading eastwards over the interior and south-coast by the morning otherwise scattered showers and rain.
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The wind along the coast will be fresh to strong west to south-westerly but north-westerly along the west coast at first. The expected UVB sunburn index: low.
Western half of the Eastern Cape: Cool in the south, otherwise partly cloudy, warm and windy, with isolated showers and thundershowers in the north and east, but scattered along the coast and adjacent interior in the evening.
The wind along the coast will be Light to moderate westerly, but fresh to strong south-westerly in the afternoon.
Eastern half of the Eastern Cape: Warm in the north and east, otherwise partly cloudy and cool, with isolated showers and thundershowers in the west in the afternoon, spreading east in the evening. Windy conditions can be expected in the northern interior.
The wind along the coast will be Moderate north-easterly, but light north-westerly south of Coffee Bay, becoming moderate south-westerly midday, but fresh to strong in the afternoon, spreading east.
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KwaZulu-Natal: Partly cloudy in the north, otherwise fine and warm. The wind along the coast will be Moderate north-easterly. The expected UVB sunburn index: very high.