KwaZulu-Natal residents are in for more scorching temperatures across the province on Friday.
On Thursday, parts of the province saw temperatures peaking at 43° Celsius in areas such Margate and Mthunzini.
Wiseman Dlamini, forecaster for the South African Weather Service (Saws), said Pongolo reached a maximum of 42° C, Ulundi was at 41° C degrees while Pietermaritzburg peaked at 39° C.
He said temperatures were expected to go down a bit on Thursday evening, but warned people must expect “pretty similar” scorching conditions on Friday.
Dlamini said Pietermaritzburg was expected to reach a high of 32° C on Friday, while in Ladysmith could go up to 35° C.
He said temperatures were expected to cool down on Saturday with a high possibility of rainfall.
Despite Pietermaritzburg only reaching 39° C on Thursday, many locals recorded higher temperatures on their car thermometers.
Both Jessica Leigh Jenkins sent a photo to The Witness that shows her car thermometers recording 50° C, while Owen Barnabas said his thermometer recorded 45° C on Thursday.
Another local resident, Colette Van Loggerenberg, said they kept their doors and curtains closed in a bid to keep cool. “Keeping curtains and doors closed with our fan on, our little flat is cool while we relax watching a movie.”
Several warnings were sent out by emergency services companies about the risks of dehydration, hyperthermia, heat exhaustion and heatstroke which could pose real threats to people’s health, particularly to vulnerable children and elderly individuals.
Many schools across the province cancelled all outdoor and sporting activities yesterday.
Yvette Schoeman of Amberglen Retirement Village, said despite their residents being independent, they all stayed indoors for most of yesterday.
Boerboel rescued on N3 highway
Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal Private Ambulance Service spokesperson, Craig Botha, said they transported an exhausted boerboel bitch to the SPCA in Woodhouse Road.
They found the large but friendly dog limping along on the N3 with burn injuries to her feet from the scorching hot tar.
“Kwazulu Private Ambulance Service appeals to animal owners to remember their furry companions during this time and the upcoming summer, keep your friends cool and hydrated,” he said.
Botha added that anyone who had lost a boerboel must to please contact Woodhouse SPCA.
Netcare 911 spokesperson, Shawn Herbst, said that they had to respond to two construction workers in New Germany and Umhlanga Ridge who were dehydrated because of the heat.
He said the construction worker in Umhlanga did not only collapse but he was also vomiting because he was working in the sun with no shade or water to drink.
Herbst added that the other construction worker in New Germany was working with sand in a warehouse that had no ventilators or water taps.
“It is important for people to stay hydrated during this time, carrying bottles of water helps a lot and carrying sun hats and umbrellas can also help in minimising the heat people feel,” he said.