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GP Temperatures drop

As Gauteng grapples with some of the lowest temperatures experienced this year, emergency services say they will be on alert especially in areas deemed high risk.

Residents have been warned to brace themselves for early morning temperatures of around -6°C for the next two days.

There are warnings for people to be more vigilant when keeping warm after a spate of shack fires in informal settlements across the country since the start of winter with scores being left homeless.

The SA Weather Service has forecasted temperatures of -6°C for Vereeniging with Johannesburg dropping to -2°C.

At the same time, Eskom says the power grid will be under strain tonight due to the cold weather conditions.

The power utility has urged South Africans to use electricity sparingly.

Eskoms Andrew Etzinger says, The grid will be under pressure but fortunately, we are doing less maintenance at the moment in anticipation of the cold weather.


Etzinger says power supply has been restored to several areas in Soweto following an overnight power outage.

CAPE COAST

At the same time, another strong cold front will hit parts of the Western Cape this weekend.

Forecaster Puseletso Mofokeng said, Unfortunately on Saturday another stronger system is expected to come through with rainfall expected. Temperatures are going to drop quite drastically over the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape.

The City of Cape Town said 26,000 people have been affected by the heavy rainfall across the Cape Peninsula since the last week's cold front.

More than 7,000 informal dwellings were damaged by heavy rain.

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As Gauteng grapples with some of the lowest temperatures experienced this year, emergency services say they will be on alert especially in areas deemed high risk.

Residents have been warned to brace themselves for early morning temperatures of around -6°C for the next two days.

There are warnings for people to be more vigilant when keeping warm after a spate of shack fires in informal settlements across the country since the start of winter with scores being left homeless.

The SA Weather Service has forecasted temperatures of -6°C for Vereeniging with Johannesburg dropping to -2°C.

At the same time, Eskom says the power grid will be under strain tonight due to the cold weather conditions.

The power utility has urged South Africans to use electricity sparingly.

Eskoms Andrew Etzinger says, The grid will be under pressure but fortunately, we are doing less maintenance at the moment in anticipation of the cold weather.

Etzinger says power supply has been restored to several areas in Soweto following an overnight power outage.

CAPE COAST

At the same time, another strong cold front will hit parts of the Western Cape this weekend.

Forecaster Puseletso Mofokeng said, Unfortunately on Saturday another stronger system is expected to come through with rainfall expected. Temperatures are going to drop quite drastically over the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape.

The City of Cape Town said 26,000 people have been affected by the heavy rainfall across the Cape Peninsula since the last week's cold front.

More than 7,000 informal dwellings were damaged by heavy rain.

-SAPA
 

Article Time: 
July 8, 2014 - 11:44am

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