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Disaster Weather Expected to Hit Western Cape Amidst Battle with Covid19

Article by:Natalie Müller

The South African Weather Service has announced that the mountains of Western Cape are expected to be hit by snow tomorrow. 

Amongst those warned by The weather service are Lesotho and the Eastern Cape.

It is no secret that the Western Cape, Also one of the world’s great tourist destinations as well as home to some of South Africa’s worst slums, the city of Cape Town is now fast emerging as an African hotspot for Covid-19.

The weather announcement comes as strenuous news on many Capetonians and South Africa at large, as Covid19 infections are recorded to see a spike in cold weather, where people experience serious flu symptoms. 

The likely spread of the virus from international travellers to supermarkets in lockdown and workers living in the poorest townships of Cape Town “may be an early indication on how the epidemic will progress in other provinces over time,” Zweli Mkhize, the health minister, said last week.

The South African Weather Services said in a tweet, Severe Frost would be  expected over the Free State, eastern and southern Northern Cape and the northern interior of the Eastern Cape on Wednesday (27 May 2020) morning as well.

The first cold front for the winter made landfall early this morning in Cape Town,” said James-Brent Styan, spokesperson for Anton Bredell, the MEC for local government in the Western Cape. 

“It has brought stormy, cold and wet weather, reinforced by gale force winds across large parts of the province,” he said. 

These conditions can be expected into the rest of the week, with snowfall expected in the mountain passes in the province. 

On Monday morning, a part of Chapman’s Peak in Cape Town had to be closed due to a mudslide, and the Huguenot Tunnel was closed. 

The weather service also warned that an Intense cold front will reach the central interior tomorrow (Tuesday 26 May). Areas expected to have Cold to Very cold temperatures=

Western Cape

Eastern Cape

Free State

Northern Cape

North West

Southern Gauteng

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