With the persistent high temperature and rain not falling in some parts of the country, the South African Weather Service has announced possible heat wave conditions that would be hitting some parts of the country.
The extremely high temperature is expected to hit the extreme southern parts of Limpopo as well as the northern parts of Gauteng until Monday as Mpumalanga‘s Skukuza will again be the hottest place in the country at 40°C until Tuesday.
Upington in the Northern Cape will also reach 32°C as Limpopo sizzles with 38°C expected in Musina, Phalaborwa as well as Mokopane.
Residents in the eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Limpopo Valley would be experiencing an extremely uncomfortable condition because of the Hot and humid weather
The forecast also stated that the western parts of the Western Cape as well as southern parts of the Eastern Cape have a 60% chance of having a rainfall while an 80% chance of rain goes for the Garden Route on Monday.
More so, the eastern parts of the North West as well as eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal is expected to have a 30% chance of rain. Conditions along the south west parts of the country will also see two cold fronts moving in over the next two days, bringing with it a chance of isolated showers and thundershowers.
This is expected over the western, central and eastern interior, extending to the south coast. The second cold front is expected to move south of the country, bringing with it scattered to widespread showers as well as thundershowers.
Temperatures are set to sizzle across most parts of the country as Pretoria will see a high 36°C and Johannesburg will have a 33°C high.
The wind along the coastal regions would be moderate to fresh north-easterly along the east coast, otherwise southerly to south-easterly but south-westerly along the south coast, spreading to the south-east coast later.
However, conditions in the Western Cape will be much cooler with a high of 23°C expected in Cape Town, while George will be 21°C and Vredendal a bit warmer at 28°C. Port Elizabeth will reach a high of 25°C, while Durban will be 32°C and Pietermaritzburg 36°C.
Tips For Coping in Hot Weather
Although any one can suffer from heat-related illness at any time, some people are at greater risk than others – The infants, People aged 65 years or more, People who are overweight. Wondering how you would cope with the high heat wave? Here are some necessary things you must know.
- Shut the windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
- Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
- Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
- Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
- Take cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol
- Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors.