Runners’ dream weather for Two Oceans Marathon?


CAPE TOWN - Cape Town’s  weather decided to take a turn for the cool side in time for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on Saturday.

Some clouds threatening to produce showers moved over the city in the early afternoon hours of Friday and managed to bring about cool afternoon temperatures. Possibly a welcome relief for trail runners slogging it out on the slopes of Table Mountain in the Trail Run event. However, this might also have sent runners for the main event on Saturday searching for the most accurate weather apps to see what the weather has in store.

So here is a quick rundown of how Saturday will unfold in terms of the weather. A fairly big cold front is heading for Cape Town and should hit the city on Saturday night.

In the meantime, more cloud should move over the city on Friday night and result in a small chance of light rain and drizzle continuing into Saturday morning.

The first half of Saturday should be mostly cloudy and cool with light rain and drizzle around the Cape Peninsula. The light sprinkles should go away by mid morning. The skies will stay cloudy and air temperatures will be on the cool side. This certainly could be music to the ears of every runner taking part in the Two Oceans Marathon.

However, a north westerly breeze forecast for Cape Town and surrounding areas will pick up speed by mid morning when it will gust to around 35km/hr. By midday wind speeds could average forty or so kilometres per hour.

The cold front arriving on Saturday night should result in quite a drenching with the wet weather persisting into Sunday morning but easing in the afternoon. Daytime temperatures will stay pretty low all weekend.

- article by @joelguy_


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