Warren Mabona
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19 Dec 2015
6:00 am

Heatwave returns to parts of SA

Warren Mabona

Areas such as Johannesburg and Vereeniging will not be affected.

Local residents enjoy themselves at Sydenham swimming pool in Johannesburg, 7 October 2015. The current heatwave over Gauteng, as well as parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, is expected to continue to through to Thursday. It defined the phenomena as a period of consistently high temperatures which are at least five degrees higher than the average maximum of the hottest month. High temperatures in three of the country’s provinces are expected to continue until the weekend. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The latest heatwave to grip Gauteng will be limited to the northern parts of the province, according to the South African Weather Service.

Speaking to Saturday Citizen, forecaster Dipuo Tawana said residents in Pretoria and the surrounding areas can expect daytime temperatures to range between 36C and 37C today and tomorrow.

“The heatwave is expected to be with us until Tuesday next week, because as of Wednesday, we expect some cooling,” said Tawana.

She said areas such as Johannesburg and Vereeniging will not be affected by the heatwave.

“The areas in question need to at least peak at maximums of 33C and above for a heatwave, but that won’t be the case for this weekend,” she said.

Other areas set to experience the heatwave, include the western bushveld of Limpopo and the north eastern parts of Mpumalanga. Very hot weather conditions can also be expected in parts of the Western Cape.

The heatwave comes at a time when the country has been experiencing drought amid a water crisis. To date, five provinces have been declared drought disaster areas.

They are KwaZulu-Natal, North West, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Free State.