Public warned as mercury boils

2012-01-17 08:32
Cape Town – Capetonians and visitors to the Mother City have been warned to take measures for themselves and their pets as extreme heat due to a current heatwave in the province is expected to continue on Tuesday.

In the Mother City the mercury on Monday rose to 38°C at 14:00 and in the rest of the province it was even hotter.

Redelinghuys on the West Coast was 45°C and Malmesbury and Paarl experienced 43°C and 42°C respectively.

Vredendal residents reported measuring temperatures of up to 50°C. The Mother City was expecting 32°C on Tuesday.Western Cape MEC for education, Donald Grant, warned schools to see to it that pupils drank enough water, applied sunblock and stayed out of direct sunlight.

"It isn't departmental policy to shut schools due to high temperatures. Pupils are often safer at schools where teachers can ensure that they do not spend too much time in the sun," said Grant.

Schools have, however, been asked to avoid sport and extramural activities.

Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, spokesperson for the city’s disaster and risk management department, warned against heat exhaustion. “It’s vital to drink enough water, stay in the shade and protect your head when going out.”

Temperatures of above 40°C were forecast for residents of the West Coast and the Karoo. By Wednesday temperatures were expected to drop.


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