Heatwave warning for Gauteng, Mpumalanga & Limpopo
The SA Weather Service says very hot conditions are expected to persist until Friday.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Weather Service has issued a heatwave warning for Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo for the next few days.
The provinces have already seen a rise in temperatures, averaging around 30°C.
Very hot conditions are expected to persist until Friday.
Forecaster Bransby Bulo says, "We have issued a watch of heatwave conditions for this week."
Paramedics have advised people to take precautions against heat stroke and to avoid outdoor activity when possible.
ER24 has shared the following tips:
• Stay well hydrated by drinking a lot of water.
• Keep a close eye on babies, the elderly and children and ensure they stay well hydrated.
• Ensure pets have a cool place to relax and cool clean water to drink as well.
• Try to stay out of direct sunlight.
• Wear the appropriate clothing and use sunscreen.
• Limit participation in outdoor activities. If you plan on participating in outdoor activities, ensure you rest and keep hydrated.
• If you are going to spend time in a pool, ensure your safety and that of children around you. Ensure that they are supervised while around and in the pool.
• Do not leave children and pets in a vehicle, even with a window open.
ER24's Chitra Bodasing says it's important to monitor people with any symptoms that may lead to heat stroke.
Signs or symptoms of severe heat stroke or exhaustion include severe headache, weakness or disorientation, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps or severe thirst.
"Persistent symptoms should be taken seriously and medical assistance should be sought."