Weather blows hot and cold

2012-04-12 16:27

Cape Town - Parts of South Africa are experiencing a heatwave, and unseasonably hot conditions, the SA Weather Service said on Thursday.

A heatwave has struck certain areas in the Northern Cape and the West Coast of the Western Cape is experiencing “very hot conditions”, according to the weather service's Puseletso Mofokeng.

Mofokeng told News24 that a heatwave is technically three days of weather 5°C above average.

Temperatures hit an unseasonal high of 32°C in the Cape Town CBD on Thursday and were expected to hit a high of 35°C on Friday, temperatures "conducive to runaway fires".

Cape Town Fire and Rescue’s Theo Layne said the only blaze burning in the metropole was a controlled fire burning on Signal Hill.

Despite the unusually hot Cape Town weather, the city is not experiencing a heatwave, Mofokeng pointed out.

Residents of Cape Town complained about the unusually hot weather, with many saying that it was a “scorcher”.

Tweeter, ‘KellySue007’ said she was in the coastal city and “the weather was horrible”. Another, ‘Reags77’ said: “Sea Point was extremely hot today.”

‘FuniBeani’ also complained: “WoW! This @cptweather is way too Hot [sic]!

The weather will change on Friday afternoon when a strong northwesterly of between 40-50km/h will start battering the Western Cape.

There is a 30% chance of thundershowers in the province on Saturday.

The weather is also expected to take a turn in the Northern Cape on Saturday.

Despite overnight temperatures dropping, Johannesburg hit a high of 24°C while Pretoria will get a sunny 26°C on Friday.

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  • Hallo - 2012-04-12 16:37

    Hello climate change. Too late to stop it now.

      Aaron - 2012-04-13 12:43

      I assume you're joking? A couple of hot days in April is nothing unusual at all for Cape Town. BTW, you do know that global temperatures have been on a cooling trend since 1998, which is the main reason why you're now calling it "climate change" instead of the original "global warming"? I don't think there are many intelligent people left who still pay any credence to the global warming/climate change alarmism.

      Alan - 2012-04-13 13:45

      You should probably check you facts there Aaron, I think you might be referring to Europe's weather rather than the world's. According to NOAA website, 2011 was the 35th consecutive year hotter the the 20th century mean, and 2010 was tied with 2005 as the hottest years on record. So not sure where you are getting your facts, but maybe a bit more reading is in order - I don't think there are any intelligent people out there who deny climate change, unless they are trying to get personal gain from it!

  • ChrisKhanye - 2012-04-12 16:43

    Make some of us to understand pronto. The headline should read: Just like Kaizer Chiefs FC (Pty) Ltd - Weather blows hot and cold.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-12 17:27

    The whole world's weather is topsy-turvy. In the UK they had a heatwave one week, and a snowstorm the next. On Global Disaster Watch they mention that a total of 15000 weather records were broken in March in the US. Strange times we are living in!!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-12 19:40

    Have the agents buggered up the weather too.

  • Eban - 2012-04-13 02:04

    bloody agents

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-04-13 05:41

    Is there such a thing as climate change??

  • jfdaams - 2012-04-13 09:02

    Not climate change - its just a coastal low pressure system that leads to berg wind conditions as it approaches Cape Town, which is not uncommon at all as winter approaches.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-04-13 10:03

    can it come to Joburg, I hate freezy weather

  • mwstroud - 2012-05-17 15:26

    Was just thinking that ten years ago when I moved to pretoria it was VERY hot in May and this year it is hot again so its nothing new!

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