Newcastillians have officially welcomed the arrival of freezing weather as snow touches down around the province.
The inclement weather follows a yellow level warning this past weekend, issued by the South African Weather Service (SAWS), regarding the incoming cold front.
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Since the SAWS advisory, reports of snow have emerged from various towns in and around KwaZulu-Natal, including Nottingham Road, Mooi River and the outskirts of Newcastle.
Additionally, Road Angels Traffic Information issued a notice on Monday morning, 10 July 2023, alerting the public to light snowfall and sleet along the N11 on the Amajuba Pass, as well as between Newcastle and Ladysmith. Sleet was also observed in Newcastle during the early hours of Monday morning.
Anticipating an exceptionally chilly day, SAWS has provided a weather forecast for residents of KwaZulu-Natal.
The forecast for the northern KZN region is as follows:
– Newcastle: Temperatures are expected to reach a maximum of 9°C during the day, dropping to -1°C overnight.
– Utrecht: The temperature is forecasted to reach 6°C, with a nighttime low of -1°C.
– Ladysmith: Expect a daytime high of 11°C, followed by a drop to -1°C on Monday night.
– Vryheid: Temperatures will likely hover around 7°C, dipping to 0°C during the night.
According to the SAWS infographic, the day will remain chilly with cloud cover and cold conditions.
With an extremely cold day and night ahead, SAWS noted its warnings for KZN will persist and there is a threat to life and hypothermia if care is not taken. We invite you to share your thoughts on this winter weather in the comment section below.