Going to be hot, hot, hot at ANC party
Johannesburg - Mangaung, the scene of ANC centenary celebrations in the Free State, could experience a heatwave over the weekend.
Puseletso Mofokeng, a senior forecaster at the SA Weather Service, on Wednesday advised the organisers at the African National Congress' centenary celebrations to make sure water was in plentiful supply for people attending.
"We are expecting temperatures of between 33°C and 38°C around Bloemfontein, the south-west parts of North West, the west of the Free State and the eastern parts of the Northern Cape," he said.
A lack of cloud cover over this region would contribute to temperatures rising.
The main event of the centenary celebrations was scheduled to start on Friday.
On Saturday cultural events are planned to be held at the Mangaung outdoor sports grounds. On Sunday party leader President Jacob Zuma, was scheduled to deliver the annual January 8 speech.
Paramedics ER24 warned the public to prevent heat exhaustion, spokesperson Andre Visser said.
"It is especially during extreme heat conditions that paramedics are called out to various incidents relating to excessive heat or exhaustion."