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04 July 2011

Thunderstorms to hit across SA

Johannesburg - South Africans should not only brace themselves for cold weather this week, but also unseasonable, isolated thunderstorms, a weather forecaster said on Monday.

Bloemfontein and most of the southern Free State could expect thunderstorms on Tuesday before spreading onto KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, the eastern areas of the Western Cape and the Northern Cape.

"This means some people in these provinces will have to deal with thunderstorm lightning in addition to the bitterly cold conditions which had been persistent on the Free State and the Cape provinces from the past weekend," said the senior SA Weather Services forecaster Puseletso Mofokeng.

The thunderstorms were caused by a fairly powerful low pressure system.

"As a result of this system, weather models also point to the fact that the cold snap will hit Gauteng on Tuesday to at least Wednesday", Mofokeng added.

Light snow could be expected over Barkly East and Matatiele on the northeastern mountains of the Eastern Cape and the mountain peaks of Lesotho.

Mofokeng said temperature recovery was likely over Gauteng from Thursday or Friday.

The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality warned residents of heavy rains expected on Tuesday.

- SAPA/News24