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.
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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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.