It's so hot you can fry an egg on the pavement

By Samantha Luiz
07 January 2016

Anyone for a sunny side up?

With temperatures surpassing 40°C in some areas, the northern parts of the country are so hot that you can literally fry an egg on the pavement.

Inspired by an episode of American animated series Hey Arnold! Lameez Omarjee, from Rustenburg, decided to put the record-breaking temperatures to the test.

"So at first we didn't add oil. But the egg was evaporating - drying out on the sides. So we added oil," says Lameez.

After an hour, she had a "solar powered fried egg", which was more like a "soft boiled egg" really.

"Some parts were solid but the rest was runny. Still edible though."

Staying safe during a heatwave

Sunstroke can easily and quickly lead to death if you don’t receive the necessary treatment. Permanent brain damage and even damage to internal organs can also occur.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion:

- Excessive sweating

- Confusion

- Dizziness

- Breathlessness

- Chest pain

- Cramps

- You feel weak but have a rapid pulse

- Your skin could feel cool and moist and you may even have goosebumps, despite the heat

- You could develop a headache

- You could feel nauseous or vomit


- Find a cool place to rest.

- Drink cool water or a rehydration mixture.

- Sports drinks also work well.

- You can make your own rehydration mixture: 1 litre clean water, half a teaspoon of salt and six level teaspoons of sugar. Stir until sugar has dissolved.

- Avoid drinking alcohol – even if it’s the only fluid available – as it causes dehydration, which will worsen the condition.

- Obtain medical assistance immediately if your body temperature reaches 40 ºC.

- How to reduce the risk of heat exhaustion:

- Wear loose, lightweight and light-coloured clothing so you can sweat readily and cool down.

- Find a cool place where you can avoid the heat.

- Avoid hot places such as cars parked in the sun.

- Wear a light hat with a wide brim and apply sunscreen to the parts of your body that will be exposed to the sun if you have to go outside.

* Drink enough fluid regularly and rest in the shade occasionally.

It’s advisable to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. This is why people in very hot countries believe in their siestas and take them religiously.

Symptoms of sunstroke:

- Severe headache

- Disorientation

- Nausea or vomiting

- Raging thirst

- You feel weak

- Muscle cramps

- Body temperature above 40 oC

- No sweat – even if it’s very hot

- Red, hot, dry skin

- Rapid, shallow breathing

- Convulsions may occur


- Call an ambulance with a crew of people trained in first aid.

- Find a shady place or go indoors. If you have access to an air-conditioned room so much the better.

- Remove surplus clothing.

- Try to bring down your body temperature.

- Fan yourself or wipe yourself with a wet towel to cool down.

- You could even use the garden hose to spray yourself with water.

- Take a cold bath or cold shower if possible.

- Ice packs in your armpit, groin and on your neck and back for a maximum of five minutes will help cool you.

- If the ambulance doesn’t arrive quickly enough phone a hospital or doctor for more instructions.

How to reduce the risk of sunstroke:

- Stay out of the sun if the temperature is above 40 oC. Avoid doing exhausting work and exercises if it’s very hot and the humidity is high.

* Drink liquid regularly to prevent dehydration, even if you’re not thirsty.

- To replace the salts lost through excessive sweating drink electrolyte-rich sports drinks or take a salt tablet two to three times a day with water.

- Don’t drink alcohol as it promotes dehydration.

- Monitor the colour of your urine. Dark urine is a sign of dehydration.

* People who suffer from epilepsy, heart trouble, kidney trouble or liver disease, or have had their fluid intake limited by a doctor, should consult a doctor before increasing their fluid intake.

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