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UPDATE: Temperatures reach upper 30s, Coega records 41°C

AUGUST 31, 2016
UPDATE: Temperatures reach upper 30s, Coega records 41°C


2pm temperature and maximum up to 2 PM included

                                                         2 PM Temp                         Max Temp

  • Joubertina                          34C                                         34C
  • Patensie                              39C                                         39C
  • Uitenhage                           39C                                        39C
  • Port Elizabeth                    38C                                         39C
  • Coega                                   41C                                         41C        
  • Port Alfred                          38C                                        38C
  • East London                       38C                                         38C
  • Graaf Reinett                     33C                                        34C
  • Ft Beaufort                         37C                                         37C
  • KWT/Bisho                          35C                                        35C
  • Addo                                     40C                                         40C        
  • Somerset East                   35 C                                        36C
  • Mthatha                              34C                                         34C 
  • And just down the road George is sitting on a chilly 15C and Plett 17C.



Temperatures in most parts of the Eastern Cape by Wednesday afternoon, at 13:00hrs, had reached the upper 30s, with Coega recording a maximum of 41°C, says the South African Weather Services' Port Elizabeth office.

See full list of maximum temperatures recorded up to 1pm:

  • Patensie                              38°C
  • Uitenhage                           38°C
  • Port Elizabeth                    38°C
  • PE Chatty                             39°C
  • Coega                                   41°C
  • East London                       38°C
  • Ft Beaufort                         36°C
  • Addo                                     39°C
  • Grahamstown                   33°C



Most areas across the Eastern Cape are fast approaching a Discomfort Level of 100, with Coega, Addo and East London touching on that level already, the Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Services warned.

Temperatures recoded at 11am;

  • Joubertina                          31C
  • Patensie                              35C
  • Uitenhage                           35C
  • Port Elizabeth                    34C
  • Coega                                   38C
  • Port Alfred                          36C
  • East London                       36C
  • Graaf Reinett                     32C
  • Ft Beaufort                         35C
  • KWT/Bisho                          34C
  • Addo                                     36C
  • Somerset East                   32 C
  • Mthatha                              31C



By 10am on Wednesday, weather conditions over the Eastern Cape coast and adjacent interior had begun to climb towards uncomfortable levels, the Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Services warned.

According to Garth Sampson, Client Liaison officer at the SA Weather Services for the Eastern Cape, the following temperatures were recorded at 10am;

  • Joubertina                          27°C
  • Patensie                              33°C
  • Uitenhage                           33°C
  • Port Elizabeth                    25°C
  • Coega                                   36°C
  • Port Alfred                          34°C
  • East London                       35°C
  • Graaf Reinett                     30°C
  • Ft Beaufort                         33°C
  • KWT/Bisho                          32°C
  • Addo                                     31°C
  • Somerset East                   30°C
  • Mthatha                              29°C

On Wednesday morning the weather office also warned of veld fire conditions across the province.


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:


  • 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


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.