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#Heatwave: NC records highest temperature since 1959

Extreme heat conditions will affect Gauteng, Limpopo, Lowveld, Free State & Northern Cape.

FILE: The weather service said the extreme heat conditions today will affect Gauteng, Limpopo, the Lowveld, and the Free State. Picture: Free Images

JOHANNESBURG - Various towns across the country have hit record-high temperatures this week, with Upington searing at 45 degrees since Wednesday.

According to preliminary data provided by the South African Weather Service this is the highest recorded temperature for the Northern Cape town since 1959._ (Click here to see the official document.)_

Northern Cape Today 's Weather overview: 5.1.2016 pic.twitter.com/DXTGTeZZJu

Twee Rivieren which is located in the same district, is the second hottest place in the country at the moment.

Other places experiencing the highest maximum temperatures in over 50 years include Bloemfontein, Frankfort, De Aar, Vanwyksvlei, Vryburg, Kimberley and Poffadder.

Meanwhile, as temperatures continue to rise in Gauteng, many have made their way to public swimming pools.

Yesterday, a 28-year-old man drowned at a public swimming pool in Northdale in Pietermaritzburg. It's understood the man had been reported missing. Paramedics say his body was found in the pool by security this morning.

Temperatures are expected to reach highs of 42 degrees in some areas this afternoon.

Residents have been advised to take regular breaks and keep hydrated.

At the same time, the weather service issued a warning saying people should remain indoors and take frequent breaks while remaining hydrated.

#HEATWAVE ON TWITTER & INSTAGRAM:

I blame this heat on everyone who said "2016 is going to be lit"

So hot my fan just left the building with a shrug "no point me doing this, mlungu" #HeatWave

No wonder it's this hot. pic.twitter.com/uONIN0fMg3

It's so hot that there have been reported sightings of men filling up ice trays! #heatwave #summertime






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Current dilemma #heatwave


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In the meantime, residents have been warned to stay indoors and out of the sun.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN STAY COOL:

  • Avoid vigorous physical activity. If you need to train, go to the gym and use an air conditioned environment but dress appropriately.
  • Make sure that you stay well hydrated but avoid high caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.
  • Get some rest through the course of the day.
  • Your food intake is important. Make sure you have appropriate access to fluids and calories throughout the day.
  • Dress in loose and light clothing.

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