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'Gauteng heatwave will worsen'

Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 38 °C in Tshwane and 36 °C in Johannesburg by Friday.

FILE: Forecaster Edwin Themsa says there’s little chance of rain for the next few days. Picture: freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng residents have been warned that the current heatwave will worsen in the next two days.

Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 38 °C in Tshwane and 36 °C in Johannesburg by Friday.

The South African Weather Service says the extremely hot weather conditions in the province and parts of Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the North West, are expected to last until at least Sunday.

Forecaster Edwin Themsa says there's little chance of rain for the next few days.

"For Gauteng, at this stage it looks like not much [rain] is expected over the next seven days, so there are still dry conditions expected."

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.

Meanwhile, Eskom says the heatwave could have an impact on its cooling systems at its power stations.