South Africa 8.1.2016 05:00 am

Prospect of rain breaks heatwave in Gauteng

People play games in the water while cooling off in the Sunnyside swimming pool in Pretoria in the midst of a heatwave on 7 January 2016. Picture: Christine Vermooten

People play games in the water while cooling off in the Sunnyside swimming pool in Pretoria in the midst of a heatwave on 7 January 2016. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Temperatures were hot for most of this week, with highs in Gauteng ranging between 38 and 42ºC.

The heatwave in several parts of the country was expected to break today, the South African Weather Service said yesterday.

Forecaster Jan Vermeulen said temperatures in Gauteng and Free State should be lower today, followed by Limpopo and North West tomorrow.

Temperatures were hot for most of this week, with highs in Gauteng ranging between 38 and 42ºC.

In North West, maximums in Mafikeng, Rustenburg, Vryburg and Klerksdorp ranged between 39 and 41ºC yesterday.

In other parts of the country, temperatures were expected to ease tomorrow when there was some rainfall, Vermeulen said.

There were showers in Gauteng yesterday. In Gauteng, there is a 30% chance of showers and thundershowers today, increasing to 60% tomorrow.

“As a result of the rain, temperatures are expected to recover over the weekend,” Vermeulen said.

In Pretoria is expected to peak at 32ºC tomorrow, while Johannesburg will reach highs of 30ºC.

 

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