The South African Weather Service has warned the public to brace itself for an unseasonal cold weather across the country starting on Tuesday night. Severe thunderstorms are also expected in the Highveld areas of Mpumalanga and the eastern parts of the Free State.

The Weather Service says the cold spell will hit the Eastern Cape, southern KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and the Northern Cape on Wednesday. It will then spread to Gauteng and Mpumalanga on Thursday.

However, the high-lying areas of the Eastern Cape and south-western KwaZulu-Natal will be brazenly cold with temperatures dropping to nine degrees Celcius or less.

Livestock farmers have been advised to take early precautions against single digit temperatures.

“As I’m talking, we do have currently severe storms over those areas. And this system tomorrow is expected to intensify resulting in cold conditions affecting the most part of the Eastern Cape, mainly the high ground areas where we are expecting the disruptive snowfalls over those areas as well as the heavyfalls, persisting over the southern part of the country – areas like Eastern Cape covering parts of KZN, mainly along the coast and these heavy rains can lead to flooding,” said Forecaster William Msimanga.

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