Western Cape sizzles under heatwave
Cape Town - Sizzling hot weather in parts of the Western Cape will subside by Thursday, the SA Weather Service said.
"We've had very warm conditions, with the Cape Town metropole reaching a high of 32 degrees today [Tuesday]," forecaster Gerrie Keyser said.
"This is the last day [of very hot weather] for the metropole [which] will cool to 27 degrees by Thursday."
Keyser said the West Coast and Karoo were experiencing a heatwave, with the mercury rising five degrees or more than the hottest recorded temperatures for the hottest month, February.
Redelinghuys on the West Coast was the warmest on Tuesday at 43°C.
Clanwilliam was a close second at 42°C.
Temperatures at Vredendal, Paarl, Oudtshoorn, Malmesbury, Worcester and Robertson were hovering between 38 and 40°C.
Keyser said temperatures in these areas would drop a few degrees by Thursday.
He warned of a very high chance of fires because of dry conditions and no rain.
Venting on Twitter
Hot and bothered Capetonians used social networking site Twitter to comment on their so-called #capesauna weather.
User @mdsteinbach was too hot to care about crime, saying: "Door open window open fan on #capesauna hope my tv is still here when I wake up".
@zulu_poplet felt legislation was letting her down: "Why isn't there a law that says once the temperature hits 30degrees you can stop working and hit the beach?"
User @Reesiebabygirl took a more practical approach: "I drink faster on days like these coz I don't want my beer to get warm."
One disgruntled user, @Allwhere2 felt that tweeting Western Cape Premier Helen Zille was the only solution.
"@helenzille: Concerned Cape Town resident: This heat is unconstitutional, do something."
Ever the politician, she replied: "@Allwhere2 perhaps airconditioning should be a constitutional right ;-)".