Weather blows hot and cold

2012-04-12 16:27
Cape Town - Parts of South Africa are experiencing a heatwave, and unseasonably hot conditions, the SA Weather Service said on Thursday.

A heatwave has struck certain areas in the Northern Cape and the West Coast of the Western Cape is experiencing “very hot conditions”, according to the weather service's Puseletso Mofokeng.

Mofokeng told News24 that a heatwave is technically three days of weather 5°C above average.

Temperatures hit an unseasonal high of 32°C in the Cape Town CBD on Thursday and were expected to hit a high of 35°C on Friday, temperatures "conducive to runaway fires".

Cape Town Fire and Rescue’s Theo Layne said the only blaze burning in the metropole was a controlled fire burning on Signal Hill.

Despite the unusually hot Cape Town weather, the city is not experiencing a heatwave, Mofokeng pointed out.

Residents of Cape Town complained about the unusually hot weather, with many saying that it was a “scorcher”.

Tweeter, ‘KellySue007’ said she was in the coastal city and “the weather was horrible”. Another, ‘Reags77’ said: “Sea Point was extremely hot today.”

‘FuniBeani’ also complained: “WoW! This @cptweather is way too Hot [sic]!

The weather will change on Friday afternoon when a strong northwesterly of between 40-50km/h will start battering the Western Cape.

There is a 30% chance of thundershowers in the province on Saturday.

The weather is also expected to take a turn in the Northern Cape on Saturday.

Despite overnight temperatures dropping, Johannesburg hit a high of 24°C while Pretoria will get a sunny 26°C on Friday.

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