Heatwave expected to continue

2015-12-07 14:20
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Johannesburg - A heatwave experienced throughout large parts of the country was expected to continue until Tuesday, according to the SA Weather Service.

It forecast on Monday morning that heatwave conditions with "persistently high temperatures" were expected over the Free State except in the north east, in the Northern Cape, North West, Gauteng and the Western bushveld of Limpopo until Tuesday.

Extremely high fire danger conditions were also expected for the central and eastern parts of the Northern Cape, and the western and central parts of the North West and the Free State.

Skukuza in Mpumalanga, Musina in Limpopo and Kimberley in the Northern Cape were expected to hit 40°C on Monday, while Vryburg in the North West was expected to hit 41°C.

Pretoria has an expected maximum of 39°C, while Johannesburg and Vereeniging both had 36°C.

The country has experienced several heatwaves over the last few months.

The SA Weather Service said previously said that on October 27 the temperature in Vredendal in the Western Cape reached a new record high value of 48.4°C.

The North West, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the Free State have also recently been declared as drought disaster areas.

Dr Francois Engelbrecht from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research told News24 in October that 2015 was going to be the warmest year ever on the global record.

- Read: 2015 going to be the warmest year on record - researcher

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