South Africa 7.1.2016 08:29 am

Heatwave set to break on Friday

Swimmers enjoy relief from the heat at the Ellis Park Swimming pool, 6 January 2016, temperatures reached over 37 degrees today while temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees on Thursday.  Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Swimmers enjoy relief from the heat at the Ellis Park Swimming pool, 6 January 2016, temperatures reached over 37 degrees today while temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees on Thursday. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Daytime temperatures on Thursday are expected to remain in the high.

The heatwave that has been gripping several parts of the country for the better part of this week, is expected to start breaking on Friday, the South African Weather Services said on Thursday morning.

Provinces that have been experiencing scorching hot weather conditions, include Gauteng, Limpopo, North West, and the Free State. Speaking to The Citizen, forecaster, Jan Vermeulen said the heatwave will end in Gauteng and the Free State on Friday.

“In other parts it should break on Saturday when the rainfall that would have dropped over Gauteng, would start spreading to those areas too,” Vermeulen said.

Meanwhile daytime temperatures on Thursday, are expected to remain in the high. Pretoria is set to reach highs of 42 degrees celcius, 38 in Johannesburg and 39 in Vereeniging. Elsewhere, in North West, Mafikeng, Rustenburg and Vryburg are set to reach highs of 41 degrees celcius, respectively.

 

03

today in print