The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Management and Traditional Affairs urged residents to be very careful as adverse weather conditions are expected this weekend.

This follows recommendations from the South African Weather Service (SAWS) that a low-pressure shutdown system could bring light snowfall, frost and heavy thunderstorms to some parts of the country, including KwaZulu-Natal, from Thursday weekend.

The MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sifo Hlomuka urged residents to take the necessary precautions to keep warm.

“Communities that use generators, electric heaters and barbecues are calling for security measures. Communities living in low-lying areas may experience flooding as a result of already saturated land after heavy rains that took place in the province in April.

“Disaster relief teams will continue to work closely with the South African Weather Service to warn communities if a low-pressure shutdown system will lead to severe weather warnings,” Khlomuka said.

The threshold is expected to affect the country

A statement from SAWS warned that this weekend the cold front and low-pressure system are expected to cut off the country starting in the west on Thursday, extending to the central areas by Friday and the eastern areas by Saturday.

“The steep system of the upper air gutter will turn into a system of cut-off low pressure over the north-western interior of the country by Friday, May 20, 2022. Extensive rainfall can be expected in the south and central parts of the country from Thursday onwards, with light snowfall likely over the mountainous, highlands of the Western and Eastern Cape spread to the Lesotho region of Drakensberg until the weekend where heavier precipitation is expected.

“Small snowfalls can also be expected over the highlands of the southeastern and eastern free state [and] on the drought-affected parts of the Eastern Cape can also expect a 24-hour accumulation of precipitation from 25 to 35 mm (millimeters).

“Moreover, there are likely to be some severe storms accompanied by strong winds and heavy shallow hail over the central and eastern hinterland, but SAWS will issue detailed radar warnings in this regard when necessary,” the service said. –

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