Extremely uncomfortable weather conditions expected over Eastern Cape

OCTOBER 20, 2015

The SA Weather Services has advised residents of extremely uncomfortable conditions expected across the province.

"With temperatures already hovering around 30C and relatively high humidity’s, the Discomfort Levels have risen to the Extremely Uncomfortable Level, over most of the Easter Cape region.

"This includes all areas From Joubertina to the Kei River," described Garth Sampson, Client Liaison Officer at the SA Weather Services Eastern Cape branch.

He said that by 11 am the following temperatures were recorded:

Jouberina                            32C

Patensie                              29 C

Uitenhage                           31C

Port Elizabeth                    30C

Coega                                   28C

East London                       27C

Graaf Reinet                      34C

Ft Beaufort                         33C

Bisho                                     31C

Mthatha                              32C

Addo                                     31C

Somerset East                   33C

"Conditions are only expected to start cooling after 5pm today," he said.

"Listen to the radio for the latest warnings for your area."

Below is a description of the conditions and precautions to be taken


Discomfort Index

A.  Introduction

When temperature and humidity are high at the same time, humans ability to cool their bodies through sweating are reduced. This can be a real threat:


  • Stay indoors in a cool room near a fan if possible
  • The old and infirm must take extra care
  • Listen to the radio or TV for warnings.
  • Cease strenuous outdoor activity if advised
  • Avoid playing sport
  • Dress in light weight clothes
  • Drink plenty of liquids NOT alcohol