The heatwave conditions across the interior and northern parts of the country are expected to continue until Tuesday, according to the South African Weather Service (SAWS).
SAWS issued a continued heatwave advisory for Monday, 8 January across the northern parts of South Africa including the Northern Cape, the Free State, the North West province and Gauteng. Temperatures are only expected to ease from Tuesday, 9 January.
It says severe storms are also possible in places as the “heat wave breaks with a drop in temperatures and the return of thundershowers in the eastern and north-eastern provinces”.
Fire dangers and gale force winds
Added to this, SAWS says extremely high fire danger warnings remains in place over the northern and eastern parts of the Northern Cape, Free State, western and southern parts of Gauteng, Limpopo’s western bushveld and Limpopo Valley as well as the eastern parts of the North West.
Rain and thunderstorms
A watch has been issued for severe thunderstorms over the western parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the western parts of Mpumalanga.
Monday will also see widespread coastal showers, as a 30% chance of rain is expected from the Western Cape’s Cape Town through the Garden Route all along the the Eastern Cape’s Port Elizabeth and Port St John. The rain forecast for KwaZulu-Natal strengthens to a 60% chance of showers, extending from the east coast of South Africa, across the eastern most parts of Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
Tropical storm for Madagascar
This, as a tropical storm strengthens off the east coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. SAWS says moderate tropical storm Ava has strengthened from an initial depression on Sunday 7 Janaury, bringing with it wind speeds of about 33 to 64 knots. There is no risk of the storm impacting South Africa, according to SAWS who will continue to monitor its weather patterns.
Visitors to certain areas in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal are also advised of a malaria risk due to extended seasonal rains. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases released an advisory on the increased malaria risk in these three provinces earlier in December, with travellers advised to take precautionary measures.
South Africa has seen an alarming rise in malaria cases over the last few months. This spike has been attributed primarily to unseasonably high rainfall and levels of humidity.
Minimum temperatures on Monday will start of warm across most of SA. The coldest place in SA will be Sutherland, dropping to a mild 10°C.
Maximum temperatures will be warm to hot across the western half of the country, while extremely hot in the central and northern most parts. The hottest place in SA will be Lephalale in Limpopo, set to reach a scorching 42°C.
Precautions to take during heatwave conditions:
Stay indoors in a cool room near a fan if possible
The old and infirm must take extra care
Listen to the radio or TV for warnings.
Cease strenuous outdoor activity if advised
Avoid playing sport
Dress in light weight clothes
Drink plenty of liquids NOT alcohol
The temperature in a motor-car can rise to more than 10 degrees higher than the outside temperature in just 10 minutes and 20 C in 30 minutes. Do not leave pets or children in motor-cars, especially in hot conditions.
Pretoria in Gauteng will reach a hot 37°C, Johannesburg will be aqually hot at 35°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will reach a sizzling 34°C.
Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will see a mild 22°C, KZN’s Durban will reach a warmer 26°C and Eastern Cape’s Port Elizabeth will see a warm of 24°C.
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