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EXPLAINER | Heatwaves: Why SA may see more in the future - and how to protect yourself

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(Hanlie Gouws, News24)
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Large parts of South Africa, including the Free State, North West, and Gauteng, experienced a heatwave last week, with temperatures surging past 35 degrees celsius in many places. 

This has increased the risk of dehydration, with the South African Weather Service advising people to avoid direct sunlight and limit physical outdoor activity between 11:00 and 15:00 daily. 

Meanwhile, large parts of the Northern Cape and Free State saw thousands acres of grazing land lost through fires, while buildings were been destroyed.

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