The coldest night of 2022 is here! Our teeth are chattering just reading this, but temperatures are expected to drop through the floor in Gauteng on Tuesday night, with the worst of the freezing conditions set to arrive in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Gauteng set for major cold snap
An alert from the Gauteng Weather page confirmed that the province was heading for its coldest night of the year so far. Johannesburg and Pretoria will barely stay above freezing, whereas areas in the south and rural east will likely give us some sub-zero readings.
BREAKING: COLDEST NIGHT SO FAR IN 2022 EXPECTED IN GAUTENG OVERNIGHT, WITH FIRST BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES FOR CENTRAL VEREENIGING!!!— Gauteng Weather (@tWeatherSA) May 31, 2022
‘Coldest night of the year’ due for SA’s most densely-populated province
The mercury is dropping fast, that’s for sure. By midnight, the big chill will have already been felt across most of the province. As we approach dawn on Wednesday, temperatures will reach their lowest point.
Some Johannesburg suburbs will experience lows of -1C. Meanwhile, those in Katlehong and Benoni will have to contend with -3C. That still won’t be the coldest place in Gauteng though, because that honour is on its way to Bronkhorstspruit.
Isolated areas towards the north-east of the province – near the border with Mpumalanga – are on course to suffer through a bone-chilling -5C forecast. Things will pick up just after 6:00, as temperatures improve throughout the morning.
Tomorrow night will also see parts of Gauteng flirt with freezing temperatures once more, but it will at least be a touch milder on Wednesday. Nonetheless, this is a week for the blankets and the heaters – Eskom permitting, of course.