Full report: uncomfortable weather conditions currently over Eastern Cape

NOVEMBER 5, 2015

Update 1:00pm: LATEST WEATHER UPDATE: TEMPS IN UPPER 30'S RECORDED IN PORT ELIZABETH

Update - 12:07pm: The wind direction in Port Elizabeth has once again changed and increased the temperature to 37C, with a Discomfort Level of 107 EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE. It is approaching the HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH LEVEL. In certain areas of the metro it is highly likely that this level has been reached. It is advisable to cancel all school sports and cease strenuous outdoor activity. We will update you regularly.

The South African Weather Services office in Port Elizabeth on Thursday morning warned of 'uncomfortable' weather conditions being experienced in parts of the province.

"Most of the Eastern Cape is experiencing a Discomfort level in the VERY UNCOMFORTABLE level (above 90), with some areas  are experiencing EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE levels - above 100," described Garth Sampson, Client Liaison Officer at SA Weather Services Eastern Cape. 

"Many areas along the Garden Route, such as Plettenberg bay, George and Mossel Bay are in the EXTEMELY UNCOMFORTABLE LEVEL (above 100).

"The adjacent interior in areas such as Uitenhage and Addo are also at the EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE LEVEL (above 100)." 

According to Sampson, at this level School’s sport and hard labour should be stopped.

"Although a shift in wind direction has dropped temperatures at the Port Elizabeth Airport, many of the outlying areas could still be experiencing high discomfort levels. 

"Conditions are only expected to reduce noticeably after 5 pm," he said.

He urged residents to listen to the radio for the latest on these conditions.

HIGH DISCOMFORT AND HEAT WAVES

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:

Precautions

  • 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