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Heatwave: Gauteng warned of ‘extremely hot’ weekend

The SA Weather Service has issued another heatwave warning in Gauteng, Limpopo & Mpumalanga.

FILE. The South African Weather Service on Friday issued another warning of persistently high temperatures over the province, and parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Picture: Free Images

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng residents have been warned to brace themselves for an extremely hot weekend.

The South African Weather Service on Friday issued another warning of persistently high temperatures over the province, and parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

Zimbabwe and Botswana are also joining South Africans in enduring the heatwave, with temperatures in some areas expected to go beyond 45 degrees.

Meteorological services there are warning that low-lying areas like Beitbridge will be worst affected.

While forecaster Dipuo Tawana says temperatures are expected to cool by Sunday, she says they will peak again on Monday.

"For the weekend we're still reflecting these hot temperatures over the province. We're expecting the temperature to cool slightly by Sunday but we expect the temperature to recover by Monday and continue to be hot."

ER24 has shared the following heatwave 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.