Nope, the apparent 45°C is not a heatwave — yet

2016-01-05 11:00
Hanging on for dear life, Durbanites (left to right) Rylie Owens (10), Kaitlyn (10), Cortney (12) and Rachel Whitfield escaped the heat at home and enjoyed a day out at Midmar dam.

Hanging on for dear life, Durbanites (left to right) Rylie Owens (10), Kaitlyn (10), Cortney (12) and Rachel Whitfield escaped the heat at home and enjoyed a day out at Midmar dam. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - While you would be forgiven for thinking the province is in the grip of a heatwave with the searing temperatures predicted for this week, it really is not hot enough yet to be declared as such.

That’s according to weather forecaster at the SA Weather Services’ Durban bureau, Aslam Sardiwalla.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Sardiwalla said the hot and humid temperatures being experienced are normal for this time of year.

He said only if the temperature exceeds the highest average for a month by five degrees over consecutive days, would a heatwave be declared.

Meanwhile, as if yesterday was not hot enough, today and tomorrow are predicted to be even hotter.

The SA Weather service yesterday issued an advisory for hot and humid conditions resulting in extremely uncomfortable conditions over eastern KZN.

Today the temperature is expected to reach 37 degrees with a discomfort index of 43 degrees when the city will be the hottest place in the province.

Tomorrow, the mercury reaches 38 degrees with the discomfort at 45,3 degrees — beaten only by Ulundi which will reach 39 with a discomfort index of 45,7 degrees.

Sardiwalla said no rain has been predicted for Pietermaritzburg over this period. “There is a small chance of rain for mainly for the western parts of the province,” he said, adding that the warm conditions will continue until the end of the week, with cooler conditions with a 60% chance of rain predicted for Saturday.

He warned that the UV index was very high for the entire province.

— Witness Reporter.

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