The weather here this winter has been crazy and confusing. We had a very cold spell in mid-July which resulted in heavy snowfalls in some parts of South Africa (see here and here). Then it warmed up to almost summer time temperatures with a week of two of bergwind conditions along the coastal areas. Bergwinds are hot, dry winds blowing from the mountains towards the sea. [I described the effect this wind has in an earlier post called Berg Wind Blues .] Then last week another huge cold front swept its way through South Africa, causing chilly weather and more heavy snowfalls in the higher lying areas of the Western and Eastern Cape.
Friends who live in the Eastern Cape went on a trip to the area around Ugie and Barclay Pass (near Eliot) last week. [See Map] Again that area had record snowfalls – and they took some photographs which they’ve kindly shared with me. According to the locals, the last snowfall had been on Tuesday 7 August. These photographs were taken the following Thursday/Friday, so some of the snow would already have melted.
And the animals – which are not used to much snow in South Africa – look confused!
Thank you to Sarita and Thinus Botha for sharing their photographs and making this post possible.