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WC weather not a heat wave

The SA Weather Service says the high temperatures cannot be declared a heat wave.

The SA Weather Service says the high temperatures cannot be declared a heat wave. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Weather Service says although extremely high temperatures are being experienced in the Western Cape, it has not been declared a heat wave.

For the past two days highs of more than 30 degrees Celcius have been experienced in Cape Town while temperatures in places such as Clanwilliam, Redelinghuys and Pofadder are reaching more than 40 degrees.

Weather forecaster Carlton Phyllis says a heat wave is usually when extremely high temperatures are experienced for three consecutive days.

"For the past two days temperatures have been soaring, but we needed one more day, which would have been tomorrow. But tomorrow is going to be cooler and that means it won't be a heat wave."