Public warned as mercury boils
Lucelle Hough and Shané Barnard, Die Burger
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.
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.
on the West Coast was 45°C and Malmesbury and Paarl experienced 43°C and 42°C
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.
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.
have, however, been asked to avoid sport and extramural activities.
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.”
of above 40°C were forecast for residents of the West Coast and the Karoo. By
Wednesday temperatures were expected to drop.