Heat wave hits Western Cape

2012-12-13 08:39
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Cape Town - The first heat wave of the summer season has caused some discomfort for residents of the West Coast and Winelands in the Western Cape.

Die Burger reported that a warning for extreme heat and uncomfortably high temperatures was in place for the region on Thursday.

Forecaster Stella Nake said temperatures were expected to drop somewhat on Friday.

Nake said a heat wave occurred when temperatures were 5°C higher than the average temperature in the region’s hottest month for three days or more.

“But it is not unusual for this time of the year,” she said.

In Clanwilliam and Citrusdal temperatures of over 40°C had been recorded, and Redelinghuys recorded 42°C on Wednesday.

A gale-force southeaster of up to 65km/h was forecast for the Cape Point region on Thursday.

Paarl and Stellenbosch could expect temperatures of 39°C on Thursday.

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