Festival coats – check!

IT will snow on big mountain approach passes on Friday, probably in the afternoon. But the falls should not be that long, giving hope that roads will stay open.

More of an issue for motorists will be a gale force south-westerly from Plett to Port Alfred, saving petrol for Capetonians.

Here in Grahamstown today a Berg wind is blowing, but houses are cold. Look to the fireplaces.

Here is the full SA Weather Report affecting festival:


Friday 1st July

A cold front sweeps over the Western and Eastern Cape on Friday, followed by a ridging high pressure.

The result is a deep layer of moisture with low freezing levels passing over the Eastern Cape during Friday with showers in places and snowfall over the high terrain. From mid-morning onwards.


Disruptive snowfall is expected over mountain passes in the South, Central and North Eastern parts of the province.

Mountain ranges in which passes may be closed are: Outeniqua Mountains, Winterberg and the Southern Drakensberg (North Eastern corner of EC).

Snow is also expected over the Sneeuberg, but the duration of snowfall is shorter in that area, which gives a smaller chance of passes being closed.

From the west and that precautions should be introduced this afternoon.

Gale force Westerly winds  are also expected by mid-morning along the coast and adjacent interior between Plettenberg Bay and Port Alfred moderating from sunset.

Saturday 2nd July

No rainfall is expected on Saturday except in the early hours of the morning over the extreme Eastern parts of province (East of Mthatha).


Sunday 3rd July

Sunny weather is expected with a temperatures recovering to the mid to high teens

Temperatures for today and tomorrow are shown below:

THU Friday
Graaff – Reinet 25 2 17
Grahamstown 25 5 19
Cradock 24 2 20
Queenstown 22 6 20
Port St Johns 24 14 26
Mthatha 25 5 26
Aliwal North 18 -1 17
Uitenhage 24 5 21
Plettenberg Bay 18 10 15
Bhisho 26 5 20


A further drop in maximum temperature is expected on Saturday.





Eastern Cape Forecasting DeskPort Elizabeth Weather Office

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