This coming weekend looks set to be another chilly one across the ‘Rainbow Nation’ as the South African Weather Service (SAWS) warns the country to “brace” for polar cold from Friday-onward.

The service’s latest cold warning comes less than a week after South Africans suffered below-average temps from Limpopo to Gauteng, from Free State to North West provinces — last weekend, reported daytime highs dipped into the low 20s (C) and beyond, highly unusual for the time of year.


Early-season snowfall is even forecast in the Drakensberg regions of Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal from early Friday, flurries that are expected to continue throughout the weekend.

The recent forecast also comes after SAWS released its long-range winter weather outlook. According to the report, a “colder-than-average winter” is in store for Gauteng and eastern parts: “Maximum temperatures are expected to be below normal compared with recent years”, said SA meteorologist Vanetia Phakula.


Across large portions of the Southern African continent, anomalous cold looks set to intensify during the start of May, particularly in the nations of BotswanaZimbabweMozambiqueAngolaZambiaTanzaniaDRC, and, as detailed above, South Africa:

May 1:

GFS 2m Temp Anomalies (C) May 1 [].

May 2:

GFS 2m Temp Anomalies (C) May 2 [].

May 3:

GFS 2m Temp Anomalies (C) May 3 [].

The cold is also forecast to push further north, into The Rep. of CongoGabonCameroon, and even Nigeria, Chad and Sudan. And then if you continue to follow the cold “up” you soon hit Europe, which has been struggling with its own influx of record cold of late, due to persist:

May 3:

GFS 2m Temp Anomalies (C) May 3 [].

Polar cold is currently stretching the entirely “length” of the planet, with the Arctic descending into Europe and Antarctica simultaneously invading large portions of the southern hemisphere (including Australia).

This setup can’t be explained-away with your usual “spring/fall” fluctuations, this cold is proving unprecedented and also very persistent, as demonstrated by the below charts which detail the chill of 2021 (to date). The opening four months of the year are coming out at just 0.10C above the multidecadal average if you go by the JRA-55 (fig. 1), with the most recent datapoint (March) BELOW the 30-year average according to the UAH (fig. 2):

Fig.1: JRA55 Temp Anomalies for 2021 (to April 26) — []
Fig.2: UAH Satellite-Based Global Temperature (through March) — [].

Real-world observations continue to make life tricky for the global heaters.

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The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING in line with the great conjunctionhistorically low solar activitycloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among other forcings).

Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.

Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.

Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.

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Featured Image: JRA-55 for the past 7-days (to April 26).

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