Weather warning: Temps set to rise

FEBRUARY 1, 2016

The South African Weather Service has issued a number of heat related warnings for the Eastern Cape on Monday.

"The Eastern Cape is at present experiencing hot conditions, with many places fast reaching HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH LEVELS (above 110)," said Garth Sampson, the SA Weather Services Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape.

"School sport and hard labour should stop at levels of above 100." 

He said that at 10 am on Monday, the following Heat Danger Index was recorded;

  • Addo                                        107
  • Joubertina                               107
  • Uitenhage                                106
  • Somerset East                        105
  • KWT Bisho                              104
  • Willowmore                             104
  • Graaf Reinet                           103
  • Patensie                                  103
  • Fort Beaufort                           103
  • Grahamstown                         101
  • Port Alfred                               100
  • Cradock                                  98
  • Plettenberg Bay                      98
  • Port Elizabeth                          93
  • Queenstown                            93
  • Mthatha                                   93

 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

According to Sampson;

Watches:

01/02/2016: Severe thunderstorms are expected in the northern and central interior spreading to the coast in places.01/02/2016: High veld fire danger expected in the western interior and the Port Elizabeth coastal region.

Advisories:

01/02/2016: A Heat Wave with persistently high temperatures over the interior of the Eastern Cape is expected.01/02/2016: Extremely hot conditions are expected in most parts of the western half and in places over the eastern half.01/02/2016: High levels of discomfort along the coastal belt of the Eastern Cape and adjacent interior

Weather for the Western Half of the Eastern Cape Monday 01 February 2016

Morning fog in placed in the south at first, otherwise sunny and hot to very hot but extremely hot in places becoming partly cloudy later in the afternoon with isolated thunderstorms reaching the coast in the west in the evening. Severe thunderstorms are expected in places.

Coastal Wind: Light to moderate northerly to north easterly but fresh to strong offshore moderating and becoming south westerly from the west in afternoon

Weather for the Eastern Half of the Eastern Cape Monday 01 February 2016

Cloudy in places south of the escarpment at first otherwise sunny and hot to very hot but extremely hot in places over the interior becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon with scattered thunderstorms reaching the coast in places. Severe thunderstorms are expected in places.

Coastal Wind: Fresh to strong north easterly

 Traveler's Forecast:

Port Elizabeth Today:

  • Weather: Sunny and windy with morning fog
  • Wind: Moderate north easterly becoming fresh to strong easterly but moderate to fresh south westerly overnight
  • Temperatures: 19/32

 East London Today:

  • Weather: Cloudy becoming sunny and windy
  • Wind: Strong north easterly moderating overnight
  • Temperatures: 23/32

Temperatures:

  • Port Elizabeth..........19/32
  • Uitenhage...............18/42
  • Grahamstown.............20/39
  • Cradock.................22/42
  • Graaff-Reinet...........21/41
  • East London.............23/32
  • Port St. Johns..........24/30
  • Mthatha.................20/35
  • Queenstown..............19/36
  • King Williams Town......21/43
  • Plettenberg Bay.........20/28