Weather Warning: Heatwave Hits South Africa

A heatwave is expected Thursday in places on the Highveld and northern Lowveld of Mpumalanga and the south-western Bushveld, central parts, and Lowveld of Limpopo, warns the South African Weather Service.

The swelter with temperatures as high as 40 degrees is expected to last until Saturday.

“Extremely hot conditions are expected in places in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo on Thursday and Saturday,” said the weather service.

“Hot and humid weather will result in extremely uncomfortable conditions over the central and eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday.”

The SA Weather Service issued a “Yellow Level 2 Warning” for damaging wind at sea along the coast between Table Bay and Plettenberg Bay.

The weather service also issued a “B. Yellow Level 1 Warning” for strong winds over Joe Gqabi DM and Chris Hani DM, which might result in localised power and communications failure, as well as damage to temporary structures.

Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the eastern half of the Northern Cape, the North West, the Lowveld of Limpopo, the southern Highveld, and the Lowveld of Mpumalanga.

Fire danger conditions also exist in the southern parts of Gauteng, the Free State, the northern and western interior of the Eastern Cape, as well as the KZN.