Snow recorded in Matroosberg and Hex River Mountain as cold front intensifies

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Snow has fallen in the Matroosberg and Hex River Mountain in Worcester in the Breede Valley area. The South African Weather Service has forecast another intense cold front for Sunday and Monday.

Forecaster Bafana Msimang says coastal areas between Lamberts Bay and Plettenberg Bay are expected to experience strong gale force winds ranging between 70 and 100 kilometres per hour.

Msimang says the Cape Metropole will also experience the strong winds which will be accompanied by torrential rains.

“Flooding and cooling are also expected for the City of Cape Town as well as the Overberg and Cape Winelands as well. The coastal areas between Port Norloth and Plettenberg Bay will experience a wave height of six to eight metres and these waves are expected to reach between nine and ten metres on Monday between Cape Point and Plettenberg Bay, so very high seas will be as a result, temperatures will drop significantly into a cold to a very cold category.”

Video below is the day’s weather forecast:


City of Cape Town Disaster Management spokesperson Charlotte Powell says none of the residents affected by the cold front has been displaced. Inclement weather has wreaked havoc on many parts of the Western Cape.

Various informal settlements and residential areas are experiencing flooding and power outages. The first of a series of cold fronts made landfall on Thursday, accompanied by heavy rain, strong winds and stormy seas.

However, residents who live in informal settlements say they are battling to keep warm and dry.

“Yes, here it’s difficult to live here. Sometimes I have to go to my family in Delft because of my daughter. She’s four years and she has got an asthma problem. Every time I go to Red Cross, they ask me why am I living here because this place is very sensitive for my child,” says one resident.