June 27 (Bloomberg) -- Johannesburg recorded its first confirmed snowfall for almost 26 years overnight as temperatures dropped below freezing in South Africa's largest city, grounding flights at its main airport.And also,
Snow last blanketed Johannesburg for a single day on Sept. 11, 1981. The city's average minimum temperature for June over the past 47 years is 4 degrees Celsius, according to data provided by the South Africa Weather Service. This year's average minimum is 4.7 degrees compared with 0.7 degrees in 1968, the coldest on record.
Light snowfall was also recorded in Pretoria, the capital, which last had snow on June 11, 1968, the newswire said.
Residents were forced to stoke up the fires and ramp up the electric blankets over the weekend as the city recorded its chilliest June day on record.Disclaimer: Anecdotal evidence is beyond stupid as support or condemnation of global warming. I only point these out as a foil to the increasingly shrill comments and stories presented by the mainstream media linking warm-weather aberrations to global warming.
The mercury plummeted to an arctic -4 degrees on Friday morning, improving only slightly to a low of -3 on Saturday and hovering just below -2 yesterday morning.
The previous coldest June day since records began in 1958 was -3.4 degrees on June 27, 1983.
John Darnley from Wagga’s Bureau of Meteorology said Friday’s low temperature was a massive 8 degrees below the average June minimum for Griffith of 4.5 degrees.