Gauteng to get no respite from heatwave

The South African Weather Service has warned the situation will worsen today and tomorrow.


JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng residents have been urged to take the necessary precautions and remain hydrated during the current heatwave.

The South African Weather Service has warned the situation will worsen today and tomorrow, with temperatures expected to peak at around 37°C in the province with very little rainfall.

It says the extremely hot weather conditions in Gauteng and parts of Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the North West, are expected to last until at least Sunday.

Forecaster Edwin Thema says, "Stay indoors in well ventilated or air-conditioned rooms, if you've that privilege. If working outside, wear protective clothes and take breaks at regular intervals. Avoid playing excessive sport and doing hard labour."

Meanwhile, Gauteng residents have been warned that the current heatwave will worsen.

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

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.