KZN braces for several days of sweltering temperatures

2015-10-05 11:59

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Pietermaritzburg - Fold away your jerseys and stock the freezers with ice as sweltering temperatures nearing 40° Celsius are predicted throughout the province this week.

Yesterday’s hot temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week as a heat wave passes over the western part of KwaZulu-Natal.

With temperatures rocketing to almost 40° in Pietermaritzburg yesterday, residents can expect much of the same on Wednesday and Thursday. Although temperatures are expected to drop slightly under 30° Celsius on some days this week, they will peak at around 35° on Wednesday and Thursday.

South African Weather Services forecaster Dipu Otawana said the high temperatures are not unusual for this time of the year and are the result of a heat wave that will pass through areas like Ladysmith and Vryheid in the western parts of KZN. “There is a high pressure system over the central parts of the country that has resulted in heat waves across some parts of KZN and other inland areas,” Otawana said.

On Sunday, Pietermaritzburg sweltered at around 38°, one of the highest temperatures in the province.

However, it is expected to cool down today, with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms on Monday evening.

Residents in the western parts of the province like Ulundi and Ladysmith, however, will have no break from the rising temperatures. Without any rain expected for those areas for today or tomorrow, temperatures are expected to peak at nearly 40°. Otawana said she could not offer any indication of the discomfort levels expected during the week

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