Cape Town - The South African Weather Service has warned of extremely hot conditions across the Western and Northern Cape over the next few days.
Added to this it has issued a veld fire alert, for most of the Northern Cape, the Western Cape's Metropole, West Coast District and Cape Winelands.
Fire dangers and beach safety
The City of Cape Town says its Safety and Security Directorate staff will maintain high levels of visibility at beaches and other public areas for the next few weeks until the school holidays wind down.
"Many people are still on holiday and I think they’ll want to make the most of any good weather, considering that both the peak festive season weekends didn’t offer the greatest weather conditions,’ says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.
Many of the City’s popular beaches were decidedly more quiet on New Year’s day, with an estimated 30 000 people on Muizenberg, 12 000 at Strandfontein Pavilion, 8 000 at Strand and just 3 000 at Monwabisi.
Between 1 December 2017 and 1 January 2018, 10 drownings were recorded compared to seven during the previous festive season. Three of the incidents happened at Mnandi, four at Strand and one each at Soetwater, Monwabisi and Muizenberg. There were also two false alarms at Strand and Melkbosstrand.
In contrast, more than 3.9 million people visited the stretches of beach on the eThekwini coastline from December 29 to January 1, the eThekwini Municipality said on Tuesday.
Malcolm Canham, chairperson of the municipality's festive season management committee, said even though there were large crowds, people were generally well behaved and there were no major incidents and drownings reported, "except for a few non-abiding members of public".
No rain has been forecast for any of South Africa on Wednesday. SAWS has also issued a tweet warning of Tropical weather conditions headed for Madagascar - which is not expected to impact SA at the moment.
Minimum temperatures on Wednesday will be warm along the northern boarders and coastal regions, while cool across the interior. The coldest place in SA will be Sutherland, dropping to a mild 10°C.
Maximum temperatures will see hot to extremely hot conditions in places. The hottest place in SA will be Vredendal in the Western Cape at a scorching hot 44°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.
Click here to see the specific forecast for your city over the next few days
Pretoria in Gauteng will reach a hot 29°C, Johannesburg will be a warm 25°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will reach a scorching 32°C.
Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will see a sizzling 33°C, KZN's Durban will reach 27°C, while the Eastern Cape's Port Elizabeth will all reach a mild high of 25°C.
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