Weather Update: Fire danger conditions and heatwave continues in western SA

2018-01-11 16:27 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - Extremely hot conditions continue in SA's Northern, Western and Eastern Capes, with many places in western and central parts expected to see temperatures above the mid-30°C mark on Friday, 12 January.

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Fire dangers and heatwave

According to the South African Weather Service, extremely high fire danger conditions are expected on Friday in places over the Namakwa District, West Coast District and Karoo regions of the Western Cape, as well as the interior of the Northern Cape.

In addition to this, a heatwave with temperatures over the 40°C mark are expected over the north-western interior of Eastern Cape until Saturday, 13 January.

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.


Rain

On Friday, isolated showers are expected in places over the central interior of SA. A 30% chance of rain is expected over north-eastern parts of Eastern Cape, eastern Northern Cape, most of Free State and North West, southern Gauteng, extreme western parts of KZN and Mpumalanga, and all of Lesotho.

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Temperatures 

Minimum temperatures on Friday will be mild to warm throughout the country, with temperatures between 11°C to 23°C.

The coldest place in SA will be Standerton in Mpumalanga, with a minimum of 11°C.

Maximum temperatures will be hot to very hot in the western and southern parts of SA, as well as the north-eastern borders of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. It will be warm along the east coast and throughout the rest of the country.

The hottest places in SA will be Cradock and Graaff-Reinet in Eastern Cape, both reaching a scorching 41°C.

Click here to see the specific forecast for your city over the next few days 

Pretoria in Gauteng will see a hot 32°C, Johannesburg will have a high of 30°C, while Bloemfontein in the Free State will reach a warm 29°C.

Along the coastal regions, Cape Town in the Western Cape will reach 27°C, KZN's Durban will be 29°C and Eastern Cape's Port Elizabeth will see a mild 25°C. 

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