Pietermaritzburg - Pietermaritzburg is in for yet more hot weather, after a scorching weekend.
Temperatures are set to rise again from Monday, with cooling thunder showers only expected towards the end of the week.
Northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal are also expected to see an increase in temperatures above 30 degrees.
South African Weather forecaster Wisani Maluleke said people felt the effects of the recent heatwave more intensely due to an accompanying high discomfort index.
“A cold front is expected to hit the KwaZulu-Natal coastline, which will bring temperatures down along the coast. However, northern KZN will still experience very high temperatures, and temperatures will rise again … before cooling down toward the end of the week,” he said.
Sunny and clear skies are expected in Pietermaritzburg today, with a minimum of 14 degrees and maximum of 28 degrees. Tomorrow, similar conditions are expected with partly cloudy skies.
Thousands of visitors from across the country took advantage of the hot weather and Heritage Day public holiday last Thursday to spend a long weekend in Durban and along the coast.
With the scent of braai meat and fresh rolls in the air, beachgoers took the opportunity to kite-surf, cycle Durban’s promenade and bathe in the sea.
Thabo Masinga, from Pretoria, said that he and his friends visited the beach earlier during the week and came back again yesterday.
“We really enjoyed ourselves when we came to the beach for Heritage Day. Although we just relaxed and enjoyed the sea, we decided to come back on Sunday to have a braai,” he said.
Norman Reddy, his wife, Tina, and their daughters, Kiara, Kayley and Kassidy, who hail from Mooi River, spent their long weekend staying at Umhlanga.
“We like to drive to Durban to spend a few days at the beach. Ever since we came, we have been visiting all Durban’s beaches. Some people bar-hop, we like to beach-hop,” said Reddy.