Relief for sweltering Cape

2012-01-18 23:19

Cape Town - Cape Town and surrounding areas were expected to cool down on Thursday, although certain areas would still have high temperatures, the SA Weather Service said.

"All indications are temperatures are going to be lower tomorrow (Thusday)," forecaster Carlton Fillis said on Wednesday.

"Temperatures are going to be kept up by a south-easterly wind which becomes southerly during the afternoon. As it becomes southerly, you will have an enhanced sea breeze."

The Cape Town CBD reached 35°C on Wednesday. The area surrounding the airport was 34°C, Kirstenbosch 36°C and the harbour area 39°C.

In the Winelands, Paarl reached 41°C, Wellington and Worcester both topped 41°C, and Robertson and Malmesbury had a maximum of 40°C.

"The sea breeze will be effective in certain areas of the Cape Peninsula, but it is still going to be a warm to hot day, which will leave the Peninsula in a heat wave condition in... isolated areas."

He said that although temperatures were forecast to be lower on Thursday, with the Cape Town CBD expected to be 31°C.

"It might still be uncomfortable as the sensible temperature, the temperature your body experiences, might feel higher than these measurements indicate due to the humidity, as an example."

  • Mo - 2012-01-19 06:41

    Personally, I'm loving this weather. Yeah, fine, I sit in an aircon office all day, but when I'm done working, I can go walk the dog, ride bike, swim, etc, etc. Its fantastic. Welcome summer!! We missed you.

      Tulani - 2012-01-19 07:05

      it is indeed the gr8 weather, in sitting in the aircon office all day but am worried about non office workers

      Cindy - 2012-01-19 08:36

      Quite agree Mo. No aircon in the office but am loving the long, warm, windless evenings Magic stuff

      Bardy - 2012-01-19 09:07

      You guys are nuts! Please come soon WINTER!

      Lesley - 2012-01-19 10:11

      Yes you do sit in aircon all day. Try a classroom on the second floor, with 33 learners. It topped 43 degrees yesterday, NO IT IS NOT PLEASANT!!

  • Hands2Paws - 2012-01-19 12:13

    The news talks about how many people have suffered in the heat wave , what about our best friends ? my concern is for the animals especialy those with no shelter and those tied up in yards. please give your animals some shade and lots of water.Dont take your dogs shopping,leave them at home in the shade. bev

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