KwaZulu-Natal’s Drakensberg mountain peaks bordering Lesotho can expect a dusting of snow this week according to the SA Weather Service (SAWS).

Forecaster, Edward Engelbrecht, said on Monday that parts of KZN should also brace for rain and thundershowers, with some localised flooding, across the province today. 

“We are expecting rain and thundershowers across most of the province of KZN from the afternoon. There is a 60% chance of showers tomorrow throughout the day due to a low pressure system over KZN,” he said.

“We have a disruptive rainfall, yellow Level 2 warning that it could lead to localised flooding over the Norther Eastern parts of KZN,” he said.

Engelbrecht said snow had been forecast “on the highest mountain tops” in Lesotho and on the peaks of the Drakensberg mountains along the border with the country. The snow is expected to fall between Monday and Thursday.

According to Snow Report’s Facebook page 35cm of snow is possible for Lesotho and parts of SA this week. Snow Report also indicated that snow was possible on the high ground at 2000 meters above sea level.

Temperatures in the higher lying areas of the province are expected to remain below 18 •C and to range between 20 to 22 •C in the coastal regions, while Durban will hit a maximum of 22 •C and Pietermaritzburg is expected to reach 19 •C on Monday.

Temperatures are expected to drop in the province’s major cities on Tuesday which will see Durban’s temperature reaching a high of 19 •C and Pietermaritzburg will rise to just •16 C

No snow is predicted for the mountainous regions of the Western Cape at this stage, although there is a 30% chance of rain on Monday, while Tuesday expected to be dry.

Rain has also been forecast for parts of the Eastern Free State, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape on Monday.

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Presh JM Reporter

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