ALERT: High discomfort levels as Eastern Cape gripped by heat wave

2017-03-22 13:59 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - The South African Weather Service has warned high discomfort levels are being experienced over parts of the Eastern Cape, as a heat wave affects the southern interior.

At midday on Wednesday 22 March, a number of Eastern Cape towns were hovering at levels above 100/ late 30s°C, conditions under which outdoor school sports must cease as caution is advised for individuals to stay hydrated.

"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." 

Sampson says the high temperatures are only expected to drop after 16:00pm. 

At 112:00pm on Wednesday 22 March the figures were:

- Joubertina: DCI 103 temp 36°C

- Patensie: DCI 107 temp 38°C

- Uitenhage: DCI 107 temp 38°C

- Port Elizabeth: DCI 108 temp 37°C

- PortAlfred: DCI 102 temp 34°C

- East London: DCI 104 temp 33°C

- Addo: DCI 106 temp 36°C

- Grahamstown: DCI 96 temp 33°C

Click here to see the specific forecast for your city 

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Added to this extremely high fire danger conditions expected in the western parts of the Northern Cape, West Coast district and central Karoo of the Western Cape for Wednesday, 22 March. 

Heat wave in the Western Cape

A fire warning, along with warnings for a heat wave with persistently high temperatures has been issued for the western parts of the Northern Cape, West Coast district and central Karoo of the Western Cape, as well as the Cape Winelands and north-western interior of the Overberg District of the Western Cape where the Cape Epic cycle race is currently taking place. 

The grueling mountain bike race had to be shortened on Tuesday, 21 March, already, due to chances of the harsh weather conditions affecting cyclists' well-being. Read Sport24's full coverage here.

The heat wave brings very hot and humid weather conditions, which will result in extremely uncomfortable conditions in places in the western parts of the Northern Cape, West Coast District, Cape Winelands as well as the Little and central Karoo of the Western cape. 

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KwaZulu-Natal's eastern parts will experience similar heat wave conditions, the SA Weather Service says.  

Heat Wave tips to keep in mind:

When temperature and humidity are high at the same time, humans ability to cool their bodies through sweating are reduced. This can be a real threat:

Precautions

- 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

- Remember to keep you pets hydrated 

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