South Africa 15.2.2016 12:31 pm

Heatwave to break on Tuesday

Friends enjoy a swim at a pond along Jukskei River in Braamfisher soweto during the  heatwave, 6 January 2016.  Wednesday was day three of a heatwave with persistently high temperatures in Gauteng, North West, Free State and interior of the Northern Cape, as well as in places over Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal where maximum temperatures soared to above 40°C. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Friends enjoy a swim at a pond along Jukskei River in Braamfisher soweto during the heatwave, 6 January 2016. Wednesday was day three of a heatwave with persistently high temperatures in Gauteng, North West, Free State and interior of the Northern Cape, as well as in places over Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal where maximum temperatures soared to above 40°C. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

“With the heatwave ending on Tuesday, we are expecting a significant drop in temperatures as of Wednesday.”-Nurse

The heatwave which gripped several parts of the country over the weekend, is expected to break on Tuesday, the South African Weather Services said.

Speaking to The Citizen, forecaster, Victoria Nurse said residents in parts of Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West, can still expect hot to very hot weather conditions on Monday as well as on Tuesday.

In Gauteng, Pretoria is expected to reach highs of 38 degrees celcius on Monday and on Tuesday, while maximums in Johannesburg and Vereeniging are set to range between 32 and 36 degrees celcius on Monday and on Tuesday.

“With the heatwave ending on Tuesday, we are expecting a significant drop in temperatures as of Wednesday.

“In terms of rainfall, we are expecting a 30% chance of rain in the extreme southern parts of the province on Tuesday, and 60% between Wednesday and Friday, and 30% for the remainder of the province,” Nurse said.

Elsewhere in Limpopo, Musina is expected to reach scorching highs of 41 degrees celcius both on Monday and on Tuesday, while Lephalale is set to peak at 39 degrees celcius on Monday and 40 degrees celcius on Tuesday.

Daytime temperatures in Thabazimbi, Lephalale and Bela Bela are expected to range betwen 38 and 40 degrees celcius.

Another province hit by the heatwave, is Mpumalanga and maximum temperatures there are expected to be between 38 and 40 degrees celcius over the next two days.

In North West, maximums in Mafikeng, Rustenburg and Vryburg are expected to range between 36 and 38 degrees celcius on Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile a watch for severe thundershowers has been issued for KwaZulu Natal on Monday as well as on Tuesday.

“We are expecting a 60% chance of rain in the southern parts and a 30% over the northern parts of the province.

“On Tuesday, we expect a 60% for the central and southern parts and 30% for the north-eastern areas,” Nurse added.-stevent@citizen.co.za

 

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