Public warned as mercury boils

2012-01-17 08:32

Cape Town – Capetonians and visitors to the Mother City have been warned to take measures for themselves and their pets as extreme heat due to a current heatwave in the province is expected to continue on Tuesday.

In the Mother City the mercury on Monday rose to 38°C at 14:00 and in the rest of the province it was even hotter.

Redelinghuys on the West Coast was 45°C and Malmesbury and Paarl experienced 43°C and 42°C respectively.

Vredendal residents reported measuring temperatures of up to 50°C. The Mother City was expecting 32°C on Tuesday.Western Cape MEC for education, Donald Grant, warned schools to see to it that pupils drank enough water, applied sunblock and stayed out of direct sunlight.

"It isn't departmental policy to shut schools due to high temperatures. Pupils are often safer at schools where teachers can ensure that they do not spend too much time in the sun," said Grant.

Schools have, however, been asked to avoid sport and extramural activities.

Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, spokesperson for the city’s disaster and risk management department, warned against heat exhaustion. “It’s vital to drink enough water, stay in the shade and protect your head when going out.”

Temperatures of above 40°C were forecast for residents of the West Coast and the Karoo. By Wednesday temperatures were expected to drop.


  • shahied.shabodien - 2012-01-17 08:36

    Mercury, eish

      Squeegee - 2012-01-17 08:44

      Eish is right. Its boiling.

      Schmee - 2012-01-17 10:05

      Eish going to become as mad as a hatter of they aren't careful.

      Shadoz66 - 2012-01-17 15:14

      You can't it is 2 frekin hot even my poor pet is in front of the fan all day. You swim and as soon as you get out it's hot again. Wonder if this heatwave is a result of Global warming?

  • TheSlip - 2012-01-17 08:36

    uHg, I hate spelling mistakes. Also, parts of Mercury always boil ;-)

  • TheSlip - 2012-01-17 08:44

    Good job on correcting the type-o ;-)

      Mark - 2012-01-17 09:43

      it's usually spelled as typo (short for typographic error). sorry, but i hate spelling mistakes...

      TheSlip - 2012-01-17 10:03

      Really? I didn't know that! -_- I guess my jesting wasn't all that obvious :)

      TheSlip - 2012-01-17 10:04

      It's usually spelled as typo (short for typographic error). Sorry, but i hate spelling mistakes... My shift breaks from time to time.

  • Tandas - 2012-01-17 08:52

    Just the beginning... And it WILL get hotter... Earth is plotting to get rid of the human parasite. Whoop Whoop!! Sit back, pour yourself another cocktail and relax, there is nothing you as a parasite can do about it... Tick tock...

      Adam - 2012-01-17 09:38

      Its not getting hotter, its always gotten this hot.

      Jay - 2012-01-17 10:17

      I was wondering the same thing, I remember playing rugby during 34 degrees in summer. Teachers didnt have to tell us to stay hydrated as it is sort of common sense. Also wasnt there a story recently about us being in a El Nina (opposite of El Nino) which was going to cause cooler weather over summer?????

  • Deon - 2012-01-17 09:05

    TG for air conditioners!

  • alexander.lombard - 2012-01-17 09:07

    Was this sanctioned by the SA wheather buro. Otherwise someone is going to be fined R10 milion.

      Tandas - 2012-01-17 09:11

      Or even R10 MiLLion... R10 Milion is about R4.23...

      MissGremlin - 2012-01-17 11:00

      Perhaps you are mistaken. This is not an extreme weather pattern. There has been no official notice as yet... Seriously, who's bright idea was it to try and censor the weather. Yet another money making scheme I suspect.

  • Darin - 2012-01-17 09:11

    loving the heat!!

      Tandas - 2012-01-17 09:17

      HELL YEAH!!

  • reza.daniels1 - 2012-01-17 09:25

    Which leads to a huge spike in electricity consumption.....then Koeberg chokes or the Western Cape brings down the national that's just a matter of time........c'mon National Government get serious about this - offer tangible rebates on Solar geysers as well as heat pumps(perfect for this weather) and evaporators. Also offer subsidies to big businesses who can accommodate wind power on their premises. Why bother increasing capacity when you can decrease consumption while saving money for the general population......oh wait it's gonna affect your bonuses right?

      jackivdm - 2012-01-17 10:22

      Ironically, solar panels for electricity don't work in extreme temperatures like we experienced yesterday. There were reports of telkom outages in areas that use solar energy to power their systems.

  • Tandas - 2012-01-17 09:28

    Mercury boils at 357 degrees celcius... The temperature they are mentioning in this article is nowhere near that... I don't see the problem...

      TaSaqz - 2012-01-17 10:18

      Mercury boiling is a figure of speech, not literal.

  • careful once you are here you can not deregister - 2012-01-17 09:32

    actually I am the Devil so yesterday was still a little too cool for me.

  • Andre - 2012-01-17 09:32

    What typo?

      Tandas - 2012-01-17 09:38

      Wake up and smell the coffee Andre... You missed it!!

  • Antoinette - 2012-01-17 09:33

    Mercury's boiling point is 356.73?°C so beware dudes, you are going to be history ...

  • Daniel - 2012-01-17 09:36

    Yeah it's pretty warm down here in the Cape folks, no jokes

  • JNaMolefe - 2012-01-17 10:17

    Mercury boiling, never heard of that before... But its tooooooo hot! Winter, please come back!!!

  • Jacob - 2012-01-17 10:46

    Sorry good people. This article is about the weather. It is therefore illegal. You are all committing a crime by reading it. The weatherman is after you !!!!!!! Just joking. But this is what COULD happen if that stupid weather bill is passed.

  • Bianca-Anne - 2012-01-17 10:47

    I would rather take a Mercury-boiling day in Cape Town as a warm day in the Free State ...

  • willa.vanrooyen - 2012-01-17 12:15

    It is!!!!! Sjoe!!!

  • Gift - 2012-01-17 12:42

    I just think the City is just over reacting, 34 degrees is not a new thing in our lifetime. If it was we could had all deydrated and burnt alive years ago. Can you shift the attention to more important matters, like our overcrowded Universities.

  • gbbfg - 2012-01-17 13:33

    That's brilliant, a day after the worst heat we get a warning about the heat.

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