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Very hot and uncomfortable weather conditions expected over Eastern Cape

Dec 2, 2016
Very hot and uncomfortable weather conditions expected over Eastern Cape

The South African Weather Services office in Port Elizabeth on Friday warned of very hot conditions that are expected over most of the Eastern Cape Province on Saturday. 

"The public are cautioned to avoid strenuous labour outdoors and to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated," Garth Sampson, SA Weather Services Spokesman for the Eastern Cape.

"If outdoors the public should wear a hat and put on sunblock to avoid burnt skin and sunstroke.

"Some interior stations may experience extremely hot conditions with maximums reaching above 40°C."

Temperatures expected for 3 December 2016:

Port Elizabeth..........      15/27
Uitenhage...............      14/35
Grahamstown.............   14/37
Cradock.................       11/41
Graaff-Reinet...........      12/42
East London.............      17/28
Port St. Johns..........       18/32
Mthatha.................        14/37
Queenstown..............     13/39
King Williams Town......   14/37
Plettenberg Bay.........      16/24

Current Alerts:

Sampson also warned of veld fire conditions are expected over the Dr Beyers Naude and Blue Crane Route local municipalities as well as the western parts of Chris Hani and Amathole Districts.

"No open fires are allowed under these conditions, including braai's," he said.

He added that extreme heat is expected in places in the Eastern Cape.

"Temperatures will cool down overnight Saturday into Sunday morning as strong south westerly winds move along the coastline. Sunday is expected to be warm with temperatures in the mid-20's," said Sampson.

"The extremely hot conditions are due to a deep surface trough over the central interior of South Africa with light winds
in circulation. Some relief can be expected, when a weak cold front will pass south of the country in the early hours of Sunday morning." 


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

Track 16

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.


A.        Introduction

Whenever there are prolonged periods of little and no rain coupled with warm dry winds, veldt fires can easily be sparked and will spread rapidly.


  • Listen to the radio or TV for warnings
  • Don’t make fires in the open
  • Don’t throw cigarette butts out of cars or in open veldt
  • Don’t throw bottles in the veldt as they can start fires
  • Report any fires immediately
  • Prepare and maintain fire breaks in controlled manner
  • Do not leave braai and campfires unattended