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Unusually hot day experienced in East London, third hottest on record

Nov 21, 2017
Unusually hot day experienced in East London, third hottest on record

The Berg Wind conditions experienced in East London on Monday were very unusual, the South African Weather Service office in Port Elizabeth says.

"East London has only experienced maximum temperatures of above 40C on five occasions between 1961 and 2017," explained Garth Sampson, SA Weather Service Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape. 

He said that they are in this order:

  • 42.9 C    October 1997,
  • 41.7 C    September 1983,
  • 41.6 C    November 2017 (yesterday),
  • 41.2 C    March 1996, and
  • 40.9 C    March 2014.

"The 41.6C measured yesterday was the highest for the month of November," Sampson said.

"The previous record for November was recorded in 1998. When the maximum reached 39.7 C."