South Africa: Get out the gloves and coats

Get out the gloves and coats
11 June, 2012

WINTER took an icy grip on the country at the weekend and the authorities cautioned against extreme weather conditions.

Yesterday the Weather Service in Eastern Cape warned of intense cold, with snowfalls and rough seas, and gales.

Warnings were also issued for the Free State, where very cold conditions are expected, and in Western Cape, which will also experience rough seas.

At least three people have been reported killed, and more than 170 made homeless as a result of fires as people tried to keep themselves warm in temperatures that plummeted to -1C in Gauteng at the weekend.

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Unusually cold weather hits Durban UN global warming summit, is Al Gore in town?

Raining on COP17 parade
November 25 2011

THE WEATHER gods seem to be making a statement on the issue of climate change, with the east coast gripped by rainy and unusually cold weather for much of this week.

This comes as Durban puts the finishing touches to preparations for the 17th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17) starting next week.

More than 20 000 delegates – government, business and UN leaders, and environment activists, celebrities and media – are expected to descend on the city.

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South Africa – Frost will see vegetable prices rocket- so much for global warming

South Africa – Frost will see vegetable prices rocket- so much for global warming
15 Jul 2010

The severe cold and frost that hit Limpopo could prove very costly to vegetable farmers in those areas.

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Cold kills 500 penguins

Cold kills 500 penguins

Pretoria – Nearly 500 African penguins died in 24-hours because of cold and wet weather at Algoa Bay in the Eastern Cape, SA National Parks (SanParks) said on Tuesday.

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Unusually cold weather strikes World Cup

Unusually cold weather strikes World Cup
Jun 17, 2010

Unusually cold weather continues to ride roughshod over South Africa’s World Cup, with Friday’s game between Germany and Serbia also due to be held amid bad weather conditions, media reports say.

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South Africa: Winter strikes with a vengeance, some towns recording their first snow falls in almost 20 years

Winter strikes with a vengeance

Cape Town – Winter has struck with a vengeance in the Western Cape with some towns recording their first snow falls in almost 20 years.

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South Africa braces for cold, snow….in Spring!

SA braces for cold, snow
November 16, 2009

Johannesburg – Summer has not quite arrived yet.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) said on Sunday another strong cold front, which would bring cold conditions and possible snow to the Drakensberg and Lesotho on Monday night, would cause temperatures in the interior of the country to drop from Tuesday.

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Rough winter weather at the beginning of summer surprises Cape Town

Winter weather surprises Cape

Cape Town – Capetonians were taken by surprise by unusually rough winter weather at the beginning of summer, as heavy rain, flooding, and stormy sea conditions lashed parts of the Western Cape over the weekend.

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South Africa: Cold a killer for homeless

Cold a killer for homeless
June 26 2009

A recent spate of cold weather is to blame for the deaths on Friday of two people in the Eastern Cape, police said.