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High discomfort levels recorded in many parts of Eastern Cape by 11am

Feb 28, 2017
High discomfort levels recorded in many parts of Eastern Cape by 11am

The Port Elizabeth office of the South Africa Weather Services on Tuesday said that Discomfort Levels were over 100 over numerous places in the Easter Cape at 11h00. Residents urged to stay indoors in a cool room near a fan if possible.

According to Garth Sampson, the SA Weather Services' Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape, the following levels have been recorded;

  • Bisho                     101
  • Somerset East   102
  • Coega                   103
  • Ft Beaufort         101
  • Mthatha              100
  • Addo                     101
  • Joubertina          103
  • Graaf Reinett     99
  • PE                           92

"Levels are expected to rise as the day progresses and no cooling expected until later this afternoon," Sampson added.

High Discomfort

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