Rough seas, freezing conditions, snowfalls, more heavy rain falls in the Eastern Cape

Chances of more flooding to the already saturated Eastern Cape are high following weather predictions of significant rain falls between 25 and 40 mm of rain along the south coast between Monday night and Tuesday afternoon, according to the SA Weather and disaster information service.

Residential areas in low lying areas as well as informal settlements will be most affected. Very rough seas with wave heights 4-6m are expected between Plettenberg Bay and Port Alfred by Monday,

Very cold conditions are expected over the interior from Monday.   Snowfalls are expected over the south western mountains and higher grounds on the escarpment by Monday. Heavy rain is expected in places along the coast and the adjacent interior between Plettenberg Bay and Port Alfred from Monday into Tuesday (7 August).

A steep upper trough with the ridging Atlantic high pressure system will result once again in rainy and cold conditions from the west Monday afternoon (6 August).

The SA weather bureau also predicts cold conditions will also set in from the west on Monday afternoon with snowfalls expected over the south western high ground (Kouga, Tsitsikama and Baviaanskloof mountains) spreading to the northern and eastern high ground (Sneeuberg Winterberg and Drakensburg.s in the evening to Tuesday afternoon.

There’s 80 to 100% of rain with 30% probability of this rain exceeding 20mm on Monday the 6 August 2012 with 40 to 60% probability of values exceeding 8.5mm on 7 August, the weather bureau adds.