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Another extremely hot day expected over Eastern Cape on Tuesday

Dec 5, 2016
Another extremely hot day expected over Eastern Cape on Tuesday

The Eastern Cape is in for another hot day on Tuesday, the South African Weather Services' Port Elizabeth office warned.

"Extreme heat with temperatures reaching around 40 degrees Celsius are expected in places in the Eastern Cape, especially areas west of Queenstown," described Garth Sampson, spokesperson at SA Weather in the Eastern Cape.

He said that watches have been issued for extremely high fire danger conditions that are expected in the western and central interior parts of the province on Tuesday as well as severe thunderstorms that are expected in the north eastern parts of the Eastern Cape on the same day.

An advisory has also been issued for extremely hot conditions that are expected in places in the western parts of the Eastern Cape on Tuesday.

Temperatures for Tuesday 6 December 2016:

Port Elizabeth..........  14/29
Uitenhage...............   13/39
Grahamstown........... 14/37
Cradock.................   13/41
Graaff-Reinet...........  15/41
East London.............  17/30
Port St. Johns..........   19/30
Mthatha.................    15/35
Queenstown.............. 14/37
King Williams Town.....12/37
Plettenberg Bay.........  15/28

"Other towns that are likely to reach 40C are Addo, Fort Beaufort, Jansenville and Willowmore," said Sampson.

"This extreme heat is due to a surface trough over the Eastern Cape producing clear skies and calm winds to allow the temperatures to increase substantially.

"Relief will be felt in the evening along the south coast as strong south westerly winds move through behind a coastal low pressure system. No rainfall is expected for the west."

He added that isolated thunderstorms are expected east of Queenstown in the evening.

Precautions:

"The public should drink enough water to stay hydrated," said Sampson, adding; "Strenuous activities outdoor should be stopped. If outdoor activity is planned a hat should be warn as well as sunblock to prevent burning and sunstroke. No open fires are allowed in the western interior of the Eastern Cape, this includes braai's."

He urged the public to listen to the radio and television for updates or check the website on www.weathersa.co.za. for the latest updates.