No relief in sight from smouldering heat wave


Young boys take a break from the pool to relax during a heatwave, Orlando, Soweto, January 18, 2014.

JOHANNESBURG – As a smouldering heat wave continues to overwhelm large parts of northern South Africa, weather forecasters warn that Thursday and Friday will be hottest days for Gauteng this year.

Hot conditions persist in Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, with the mercury topping 37°C in northern parts of Gauteng.

“A high pressure system in the upper levels is causing this very stagnant air mass over the north-eastern parts.” Says eNCA forecaster Annette Venter.

Isolated thunderstorms are forecast for the north-eastern parts of South Africa on Thursday afternoon and Friday bringing a little bit of relief for very dry conditions.

Venter warns there’s a high fire danger for eastern parts of the Northern Cape, western parts of the Free State and North West, northern parts of the Eastern Cape as well as over the northern parts of the KwaZulu Natal Provinces.

“Where temperatures are just below 40°C with some breezy condition, increases the chances of runaway fires.”

These extremely hot conditions will continue into the weekend with no change into next week where maximum temperatures are expected to drop by a degree or two but rise again to just below 40°C by Wednesday.

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