Heatwave expected to sweep across Western parts of SA

Forecaster Michael Barnes predicts these weather patterns will last until 23 April.

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CAPE TOWN - A heatwave has been predicted to sweep across the Western parts of the country.

Areas including the Cape Metropole, reaching as far as Alexander Bay, will be affected.

Forecaster at the Cape Town weather office Michael Barnes predicts these weather patterns will last until 23 April.

“It needs to be a specific number of degrees above the climate temperatures. So five degrees above that temperature and for a period of consecutive three days for it to be a heatwave condition.”

The rise in temperatures comes at a bad time for Capetonians as authorities have been urging citizens to use water wisely.

Earlier on Thursday, authorities announced that average water levels for Western Cape dams dropped to 21.1%.

Cape Town is situated in a water-scarce region and climate change will exacerbate the situation going forward.

In March, the Western Cape government warned the province could run out of fresh water in dams by 2019 if water resources are not managed properly.

Officials have predicted freshwater demand will exceed supply due to population growth and limited water resources.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)