South Africa Broke 19 Cold Weather Records

South Africa broke 19 cold weather records as a cold front and snow fell in parts of the country this week.

According to the South African Weather Service, minimum temperature records were broken in 19 areas of the country, and some cities set the lowest temperatures seen in a half-century on Friday.

Temperatures below freezing were recorded in the Kimberly and Warmbad Toowoomba. In the Kimberley, temperatures reached a record low of -9.9 C and in Warmbad-Tuvumba, -5.6 C, beating the previous low of -5.5 C recorded July 6, 1964.

In Johannesburg, the temperature dropped to -7 C, well below the previous record of -6.3 recorded on July 19, 1995.

View the full SAWS table of 19 cold records here:

According to SAWS, additional records include Krronstad, where temperatures dropped to -8 C, and the Bronkhorstspruit AWS, where temperatures dropped to -7.4.

Millions of South Africans across the country felt the piercing cold of winter, from Gauteng to Kimberley in the Northern Cape, where snow fell Thursday, July 22.

The Eastern Cape was hit hardest by the blizzard this week. Penhoek Pass on Highway N6, Lutzberg on Highway N9 and Wapadsberg on Highway R61 were closed Thursday morning. Meanwhile, drivers were advised to use extreme caution while driving on the R56 and through Nico Malan Pass.

Elsewhere in the Northern Cape, a fairly decent amount of snow has fallen. Snowfall is infrequent in the area, but early in the day the locals got a good idea of what winter is like. Sporadic snowfalls occurred this week in parts of the Western Cape.

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