South Africa: A strong Cut-Off Low (COL) arrived in the west yesterday, bringing intense inclement weather, including light snowfall, heavy rainfall, and strong winds. These conditions are expected to continue throughout the weekend until next week Wednesday, primarily affecting the Cape and central interior.
On Friday, Partly cloudy weather was deemed by the public and cool in the south with a high chance of light rainfall over the southern Cape regions but moderate along the south coast between George and East London.
High chance of S-SE winds gusting between 40-60km/h, mainly over the southern Northern Cape and along the west coast for most of the day but sustained throughout the night into Saturday AND Sunday in the south of Northern Cape but expanding to include the west at times.
SATURDAY: As the COL intensifies in the Cape, continuously cloudy, cold and wet conditions will push from the south into the central interior resulting in a high chance of moderate to intense rainfall over the Eastern Cape, south-eastern Northern Cape and eastern Western Cape, but light elsewhere over the central Karoo.
Medium chance of snowfall along the border between the Western Cape and Northern Cape (between Sutherland and Beaufort West). High case of persistently strong SE winds over the western Northern Cape but NW over the eastern Northern Cape in the afternoon. Medium chance of midday and evening fog patches along the eastern escarpment, otherwise fine and warm to hot in the east and northeast.
SUNDAY: As it becomes more baroclinic (vertically aligned) on Sunday, the COL has a higher chance of unleashing the most inclement weather this weekend and probably this year (on a COL scale).
High chance of light to moderate rainfall from scattered showers and thundershowers over most of the country except for the Northern Cape, western Western Cape and northern Limpopo. High chance of intense rain exceeding 50mm over the central Eastern Cape and high-impact storms with hail over the central interior.