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Rain and Snow for Cape Town – 9-11th July 2010

Altocumulus Sunset

First, here’s a photograph I took last night on July 8th as altocumulus clouds approached Cape Town ahead of the upcoming cold front. The image is 6 stitched 18mm photographs resulting in a rather large width.

The main weather interest at the moment for South Africa should be the upcoming cold front, like most of the storms this year it is supported by a fairly weak high pressure system and isn’t deep enough to create winds that we usually experience in winter. But as before, we may well see freezing levels drop to around 1200m around the Cape Town region. This means that snow is definitely likely on much of the Western Cape mountains. A few sprinkles are even possible on table mountain, though not anticipated. A few weeks ago Cape Town was victim to a period of cold weather which saw significant snowfalls take place. The Hottentots Holland mountains were about 1/3 covered in snow, which is quick thick for the area.

Heavy rainfalls are also forecast to occur through Saturday in many places in the Cape Town area with 24 hour totals reaching in excess of 60mm in Grabouw. It should be great for those wanting to visit the snow, Sunday may be the day to head out to Ceres, though the main rainfall itself will probably occur on late Saturday through early Sunday.

For those worrying about the weather for the World Cup Final, you need not worry. The cold front will pass through to the east of the country and exit on Monday. It’s not expected to bring any rain to the Gauteng region, and the forecast for Johannesburg, while cold is a dry one.

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