'Extreme' heatwave to persist in SA

2014-01-17 12:35

Cape Town - The SA Weather Service has classified the current heatwave being experienced by parts of South Africa as "extreme", and has warned that it is set to persist until Sunday.

Forecaster Edwin Thema told News24 that those affected can expect “high levels of discomfort throughout the weekend, with afternoon showers expected on Sunday.”

The areas most severely affected are Gauteng, the western Bushveld of Limpopo, the North-West province, the north-western parts of the Free State and the northern parts of the Northern Cape.

The Northern Cape can expect to reach past 40°C at the peak of the heatwave, with other affected areas reaching the high 30s.

The SA Weather Service urged people to be vigilant throughout the heatwave and be alert for possible wildfires.

Temperatures are expected to drop on Monday.

  • Sphesh Nondumiso Hlatshwayo - 2014-01-17 12:38

    Beaches and we come

      Aborted News - 2014-01-17 12:58

      Best eat your ice cream before it gets cold

      El'roy Dave - 2014-01-17 13:02

      Where :)

      Jacques Van Dyk - 2014-01-17 13:20

      This calls for some cold ones and a lekker braai next to the pool tomorrow!

      Alpheus Nethononda - 2014-01-17 13:21

      Wow, envy you Sphesh, that's a whole lotta lickin there mate! I know them "Beaches" and Ice cream....good combination!

      Sphesh Nondumiso Hlatshwayo - 2014-01-17 13:41

      Haibo guys...I was just thinking out loud

      Sphesh Nondumiso Hlatshwayo - 2014-01-17 14:06

      @Aborted News....I'm not gonna bother answer that in this kind of weather

      Alpheus Nethononda - 2014-01-17 14:22

      Thinking out loud? Thinking deep and hard over here!

      Sphesh Nondumiso Hlatshwayo - 2014-01-17 16:12

      I don't why they left out KZN....we are also being scotched by the sun here *phew*

  • Gareth Coats - 2014-01-17 12:39

    What? Almost a full weekend with hot, near perfectly sunny weather in Jo'burg? This world is surely coming to an end!

      Henri Robert - 2014-01-17 12:51

      lol...that means one thing - end of zuma!

      Aborted News - 2014-01-17 12:57

      Zuma must be hot under the collar

      Fanie Gerber - 2014-01-17 13:51

      Indeed - This clear week and rainy weekend thing will drive me to drink.....

  • Phako Joseph - 2014-01-17 12:43

    The end of man kind

      Aborted News - 2014-01-17 12:57

      Nah! It's just mother nature in heat!

      Xavier7034 - 2014-01-17 14:03

      And the beginning of "Human Kind" :-)

  • Mo Wino - 2014-01-17 12:57

    FLIPPEN JZ and his cronies!

  • Tienie Henning - 2014-01-17 12:57

    Damn, just when I thought things are getting better I learned that apartheid stuffed up the weather too now... "sigh"

  • El'roy Dave - 2014-01-17 12:59

    Now we water to cool ourselves down like white pees too, government they can't even put pool everywhere for FREE but they don't even know how to swim with 5 pool in their yards. WE GONNA HAVE WATER FOR FREE TOO!

  • Ravin Govinden - 2014-01-17 13:00

    Zuma will be sitting at his beach in Nkandla.

      mondli.mlotshwa.12 - 2014-01-17 13:49

      You just have to make EVERYTHING about Zuma. (-_-)

      Sam Jones - 2014-01-18 23:31

      Wow... Black people are racist against EVERYBODY!

  • Martin Bekker - 2014-01-17 13:13

    Lets riot and demand the government must give us free air conditioners and fans,

      Rodger Synclair - 2014-01-18 08:49

      And fire pools... Mmmmm! Maybe it's time for government to impose a "heat tax" upon us hapless South Africans...

      fragtion - 2014-01-18 10:12

      Yes free everything, all you need to do is riot for it and the government will provide it all for you anytime at nobody else's expense

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2014-01-17 13:39

    We will survive its for few days

  • mantlekilo - 2014-01-17 13:44

    Like it or not, nature will have it's way in the end. The world is out of balance already and it is getting progressively worse. The lie that there can be a better life for ALL the world's inhabitants is just that...a lie. For a second, force yourself to ignore emotions and look at the big picture and you will realise that man is his own worst enemy and that he is constantly destroying the potential viability of this planet.

  • Rashida Patel - 2014-01-17 13:52

    Whew !!! It is indeed extreme !!! Take care people !!!

  • Colin Porter - 2014-01-17 13:53

    Ill definitely be having a dip in my fire pool this weekend

  • Jerry Mbhul - 2014-01-17 13:54

    Stupid people from gautent will go like "kuya shisa ingathi sise Giyani namhlanjhe

  • Shaun Cousins - 2014-01-17 13:56

    I'm sweating from laughing from the comments, will have to go take a hot shower to cool down.

  • Mona Jafthas - 2014-01-17 15:40


  • Craig King - 2014-01-17 16:38

    I will try again and ask "what is the definition of an extreme weather event"?

  • Lungisa Sobhuwa - 2014-01-18 15:01

    its a braai!!!,

  • Soula Foord - 2014-01-25 17:15

    Please ensure that dogs have shelter from the heat and water and check to see that the neighbours dogs have as well. Please do this for an old lady who loves dogs more than anything in the world.

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