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Update: Maximum temperatures reach 41°C in Uitenhage and Patensie

Mar 22, 2017
Update: Maximum temperatures reach 41°C in Uitenhage and Patensie

Update: Temperatures as high 41°C were recorded in Uitenhage and Patensie at about 2pm on Wednesday, the South African Weather Services' office in Port Elizabeth, said.

"High discomfort levels are being experienced over parts of the Eastern Cape," said Garth Sampson, Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape at the SA Weather Services. 

 He said that at 2pm on 22/03/2017 the figures were; 

  • Plettenberg Bay               DCI 91 temp 25C               Max till 2pm 33C
  • Joubertina                          DCI 104 temp 36C             Max till 2pm 37C
  • Patensie                              DCI 109 temp 39C             Max till 2pm 41C
  • Uitenhage                           DCI 108 temp 38C             Max till 2pm 41C
  • Port Elizabeth                    DCI 109 temp 38C             Max till 2pm 39C
  • Coega                                   DCI 98 temp 31C               Max till 2pm 39C
  • Port Alfred                          DCI 103 temp 36C             Max till 2pm 36C
  • East London                       DCI 100 temp 32C             Max till 2pm 34C
  • Addo                                     DCI 112 temp 40C             Max till 2pm 40C
  • Grahamstown                   DCI 101 temp 35C             Max till 2pm 35C
  • Graaf Reinet                      DCI 100 temp 35C             Max till 2pm 37C
  • Queenstown                     DCI 102 temp 31C             Max till 2pm 32C
  • Mthatha                              DCI 102 temp 35C             Max till 2pm 35C
  • Cradock                                DCI 100 temp 35C             Max till 2pm 35C
  • Bisho                                     DCI 104 temp 36C             Max till 2pm 36C
  • Fort Beaufort                     DCI 106 temp 38C             Max till 2pm 38C

"Temperatures only expected to drop after 4pm," said Sampson. 

PLEASE REMEMBER EXTRA WATER FOR YOUR PETS

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

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A.         Introduction

HIGH DISCOMFORT AND HEAT WAVES DID YOU KNOW?

The temperature in a motor-car can rise to more than 10 degrees higher than the outside temperature in just 10 minutes and 20 C in 30 minutes. . Do not leave pets or children in motor-cars, especially in hot conditions.