Warning of high fire conditions in parts of NW, WC
The Weather Service has issued a warning of high fire conditions, with temperatures reaching highs of 40 °C.
CAPE TOWN - The South African Weather Service is warning of extremely high fire conditions in parts of the Western Cape and Northern Cape today.
Temperatures are expected to reach highs of 40°C in some parts of the Cape.
Cape Town temperatures will remain around the 35°C mark, while temperatures in Robertson and Oudtshoorn could reach up to 41°C.
Forecaster Carlton Fillies says, "We do expect our maximum temperatures to go very high in certain areas, even exceeding 40°C. We have issued an advisory in the areas around the West Coast and in the western interior."
Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town says it will intensify its fire awareness campaigns following a spate of deadly shack fires across the peninsula.
Nine people, including two children, were killed in blazes in Uitsig, Mfuleni, Delft and Imizamo Yethu over the Christmas Weekend.
Officials say initial investigations have revealed negligence as the cause of the fires.
Investigators have launched a probe into an apparent arson attack at Glencairn on Saturday.
Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said, "It is the worst week in the last three years.Iit's a dark week. Unfortunately, we've seen again a range of negative actions by residents which have taken lives."
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