VAAL TRIANGLE - The SA Weather Service (Saws) has warned that a heatwave is expected to hit Gauteng this weekend. Forecaster Kumfa Masizana said temperatures will range between 34°C and 36°C, possibly even rising to 38°C. Scorching temperatures are also expected over the eastern parts of the North West and Free State from today. From tomorrow, the heatwave will hit Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Masizana said these conditions are quite common, especially this time of the year because it’s very dry, hot and windy. This is the second heatwave to hit Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the Free State and the North West in the space of a week.
The SAWS said people should stay indoors in a cool room and avoid strenuous outdoor activity, playing excessive sport and hard labour. Residents should also dress in lightweight clothes, drink plenty of liquids and ensure that pets and livestock have enough access to water. SAWS forecaster Edward Engelbrecht earlier told News24 that a heatwave occurs when temperatures are 5°C higher than the average temperature of the warmest month – which is January – for three consecutive days.