Western Cape sizzles under heatwave

2012-01-17 11:57
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 ;-)".

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