A sweltering 44°C today, then lots of wet and cold

2013-01-24 00:00

THE weather bureau says the heat wave that is causing sweltering temperatures and extremely humid conditions in large parts of South Africa will start to abate tomorrow.

Jan Vermeulen, of the SA Weather Service, warned that extremely uncomfortable conditions would prevail in eastern KwaZulu-Natal.

Vermeulen said temperatures in Pietermaritzburg and Upington would go up to 40°C.

Forecaster Wiseman Dlamini said the discomfort index was expected to push the temperature up to a sweltering 44°C.

“All outdoor activities, especially sport, are not recommended.”

Make sure to wear enough sunscreen, “drink lots of water” and keep to the shade, Dlamini added.

After the heat will come rain — lots of it.

Vermeulen warned that unusually heavy rain was predicted for the next three months.

Cobus Olivier, a scientist, said an analysis of weather patterns showed that extreme rainfall could be expected over the entire South Africa during February, March and April. The chances of the wet conditions lasting into June were good, he added.

Meteorologists predict that southern Africa will experience a particularly cold winter, heralded by a cold front which is approaching the province tomorrow.

Temperatures are expected to drop to a maximum of 24°C and a minimum of 18°C tomorrow. The weekend will be cool, with afternoon showers expected.

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