SA warned not to underestimate current heatwave

Temperatures are expected to soar to over 40 degrees both today and tomorrow.

Thermometer. Picture: freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Weather Service is urging Gauteng residents not to underestimate the current heatwave.

Temperatures are expected to soar to over 40 degrees both today and tomorrow, with respite only expected from Friday.

The extreme conditions will also affect Limpopo, the Lowveld of Mpumalanga, and the Free State.

Forecaster Madimetja Thema said, "There's good chances of showers and scattered thundershowers from Thursday into the weekend, so it's going to be a relief for this heatwave conditions."

The heatwave coincides with the worst drought in years.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called on employers to implement plans to combat the scorching weather.

Cosatu's Sizwe Pamla said, "We're calling on employers to adhere to health and safety regulations during this heatwave. And we expect them to actually offer workers more off times so that workers can be able to rest.

"We want them to provide them with enough liquids so that they do not suffer from dehydration and heat stress."