An EXTREME heatwave is expected TODAY in several parts of South Africa.
EXTREME HEATWAVE EXPECTED IN THESE PARTS OF SA
The SA Weather Services (SAWS) issued a weather advisory for extreme heat conditions. The advisory is in place until Tuesda evening.
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“The public is advised to keep the body cool by wearing light and loose-fitting clothes, drinking water regularly, and staying in shaded areas.
“The public is advised to avoid being in the sun for prolonged periods of time and try to avoid strenuous outside work.”
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HERE ARE THE PARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA THAT WILL BE AFFECTED
The following parts of South Africa will be affected by the
- Blouberg / Alldays
- Mogalakwena / Mokopane
- Ramotshere Moiloa / Zeerust
- Mahikeng / Mafikeng
- Ditsobotla / Lichtenburg
- Ekurhuleni / Kempton park
- City of Tshwane / Pretoria
- City of Johannesburg / Johannesburg
- Lesedi / Lesedi/Heidelberg
- Kagisano/Molopo / Tosca
- Mangaung – Naledi / Vryburg
- City of Matlosana / Klerksdorp
- Metsimaholo / Metsimaholo/Sasolburg
- Maquassi Hills / Wolmaranstad
- Tswelopele / Tikwana/Hoopstad
- Masilonyana / Brandfort
- Matjhabeng / Welkom
- Nketoana / Reitz
- Maluti a Phofung / Van Reenen
- Mangaung / Bloemfontein Airport
The SAWS said the extreme heat may cause heat exhaustion or heat stress to animals and people, heat stroke, faintness, and dehydration.
“Additionally, exposure to the heat could result in rapid dehydration, leading to loss of livestock and susceptible people.”
Before you reach for the leash consider these simple tips:
- Check the pavement before your walk. Place your hand or bare foot on the pavement for five seconds. If it’s too hot for your skin, then it’s most likely too hot for your pet.
- Walk during cooler times of the day. Avoid taking walks during the hottest time of the day. Instead, opt for walks in the early morning and late evening when the pavement is cooler.
- Keep midday walks short and shady. If you’re taking your pet out during the day, be sure to keep walks short. Choose a route with lots of shade and grass patches.
- Skip the asphalt entirely and choose to walk your dog strictly on grass or hiking trails.
- Consider outfitting your dog’s paws with booties to help keep the heat from burning their tootsies.
- If you have a longer adventure planned, be sure to bring water and take frequent breaks.
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