South Africa: “Full of magic”: Johannesburg experiences its first snowfall in 11 years
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
Occupants of South Africa’s greatest city, Johannesburg, were stunned by the primary snowfall in north of 10 years on Monday, for certain kids seeing snow interestingly.
Johannesburg last saw snow in August 2012, despite the fact that parts of South Africa frequently receive snow during the southern hemisphere winter months of June through August.
In the wake of getting her image taken on Nelson Mandela Square in the monetary locale, Jennifer Banda told the Reuters news organization that she was pregnant the last time it snowed.
She stated, “Eleven years down the line, it’s exciting that we have snow.”
Via online entertainment Johannesburg occupants depicted the snow as “unadulterated sorcery”, “feverish” and a “great beginning to the week”.
Jennifer Fitchett, a physical geography professor at the University of Witwatersrand, told the Times newspaper in South Africa that the snow was unlikely to last because of high humidity, low temperatures, and a cold wind.
It occurs about once every ten years. We are not a region that gets a lot of snow, and this is partly because it is dry in the winter. We have major areas of strength for a, pressure cell which is the reason we don’t have any or very little downpour in cold weather months. Thus don’t have a lot of dampness in the air.”
She stated that 2007 was the last time it snowed.
Francois Engelbrecht, a professor of climatology at the University of the Witwatersrand, told the Daily Maverick news website that snow falls in Johannesburg once every five years on average, with heavier snowfalls like the one on Monday occurring once every 10 to 20 years.
South African Weather conditions Administration meteorologist Wayne Venter told the Day to day Nonconformist the circumstances were not excellent and couldn’t be supposed to be because of environmental change.
A Reuters photographer saw children making snowballs and snow angels on the grounds of a school south of the city in Brackenhurst.
However, the snow made life difficult for some, like delivery driver Chenjerai Murape, whose motorcycle would not start.
He stated, “I’m trying to warm the engine so it can start… else I will kick the bike all day.”