Cold weekend coming up for the Eastern Cape

Winter has hit hard as bitterly cold temperatures are being be felt across SA, with Port Elizabeth  experienced its coldest morning for the year with the mercury dropping to 1.9°C on Wednesday.

South African Weather Service spokesperson for the region Garth Sampson says it was in fact the coldest temperature since 2014 set at 1.4°C, and it would have had to drop a further -0.7°C to set an all-time record.

Added to this Sampson warns the upcoming weekend is expected to be super cold as a cold front with wet weather and possible snowfall is expected to hit the Eastern Cape by Friday afternoon.

“This will be accompanied by gale force winds, very cold temperatures and showers of rain near Somerset East, Hogsback between Plettenberg Bay and the Kei River.

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Snow is also expected on the southern mountains and will include Baviaanskloof Mountains, Tsitsikama Mountains, Amatola/Winterberg Mountains around Hogsback, says Sampson.

Conditions will gradually start to clear from the west on Saturday – however temperatures are expected to remain low over the weekend and are only expected to recover towards Monday, when north westerly winds are expected warm things up.

The minimum temperature being predicted for Jeffreys Bay is 6C tomorrow with rain expected this afternoon.