Vredendal is HOT stuff

2011-12-19 22:57

Johannesburg - Vredendal residents might just have had to do the unforgivable and put ice cubes in their red wine, after the Western Cape town recorded the highest temperature in the country for December, the SA Weather Service said on Monday.

Vredendal, whose tourism office advertises itself as home to the largest wine cellar in the country, recorded a record-breaking temperature of 45.7°C on December 4, senior forecaster Ezekiel Sebego said. It was the town's highest recorded temperature to date.

According to the winestyle website, in South Africa, red wine is best served at 16°C to 18°C.

The previous highest temperature in the town was 45.5°C, on December 7 2008.

On Monday afternoon, Sebego said Vredendal was experiencing a reprieve from its previous fiery temperatures, with a current temperature of 28°C.

"A cold front passed through the South Western Cape this morning."

On Saturday, Vioolsdrif, a Namaqualand village on the Orange River -  apparently named after Jan Viool who used to play the fiddle while waiting for ox wagons to cross a ford - recorded the second highest temperature for this month at 42.5°.

The third highest temperature for the month, 42.4°C, was recorded on Sunday at Augrabies Falls, the site of a majestic waterfall in the Northern Cape.

Although the weather station in the area is not electronic and Monday's figures will only be available on Tuesday, Sebego said that nearby in Upington, the temperature was 37°C.

"It is likely to still be very hot in the north," he said.

Sebego said the hot temperatures over the weekend in the central and western parts of the country were caused by a high pressure system.

Looking ahead, for those in Gauteng, the Free State, North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, an umbrella, a pair of Wellington boots - or even a fine red wine - might just be the perfect Christmas gift.

Sebego said on Monday there was a good chance of rain and thunderstorms in these provinces over the Christmas long weekend.

  • miyo27 - 2011-12-19 23:20

    here in new zealand people start sweating and putting on sun block when the temp reaches 21 degrees. bunch of sissies

      Andre - 2011-12-20 05:57

      At least people in New Zealand dont die of gunshot wounds or a spade to the head on a daily basis! I'd rather live in a cold country that this devil pit known as SA!

      Lara - 2011-12-20 06:54

      They put on sunblock, because they sit below a huge hole in the ozone layer. Skin cancer risk is high over there.

      Errol - 2011-12-20 06:57

      Truth is that SA is the murder capital and unsafe!But then 21 deg is 'sissie' temp for suncream

      gerhard.nel - 2011-12-20 07:45

      Here is the UAE our daily temperature exceeds that during July and August. Day after freaken day it is that hot. The minimum during the night in summer NEVER goes under 30. Thankfully we have air conditioning. Even the bus stops have air conditioning these days.

  • bernpm - 2011-12-19 23:56

    Some 70 km East of Vredendal we put evem our red wine in the fridge. The famous French "Room temp" does not apply here. But slightly cooled our red wines are stil deliceous by 35C outside.

  • Eugene - 2011-12-19 23:58

    Vredendal raak so warm die teerpad smelt!!!

  • Eugene - 2011-12-19 23:59

    As jy water by jou agter deur uitgooi in Vredendal dan hardloop die windpompe nader!!!

  • Juan - 2011-12-20 03:41

    If you think Vredendal is hot, try Dubai in summer. Already 32 degrees at 5am in the morning with max temperature in the 50's when I visited there. It feels like a steam room!

      anirack - 2011-12-20 05:27

      Yeh - I work in the neighboring country Oman - our average summer temp is between 48 - 51 deg C (although they never 'announce' it as being warmer than 45!)and added to that many days 100% humidity. Now, with our winter we are complaining that 25 degrees are cold, people walk around with scarves and gloves and warm boots. Crazy I know! So you can imagine what happens when temperatures drop below 20 at night - they even sell heaters in the shops!! But, I feel for Vredendal - there's nothing worse than that kind of heat!

      gerhard.nel - 2011-12-20 07:54

      Anirack - I'm in Abu Dhabi. I love Oman. It is much more laid back and very beautiful. We go there as often as possible.

  • Garth - 2011-12-20 06:25

    48 degrees is hot, but at least there is no humidity. Try Dar es Salaam at 42 degrees with 95% humidity. One sweats inside one's air conditioned car, whilst sitting in the worst traffic in Africa. I will take Vredendal and a bottle of chilled red wine any day . . . cheers.

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