The temperature is rising in both the Northern and Western Capes this week – and an extreme heat warning has been issued for the second weekend in a row. The SA Weather Service is warning of potentially fatal outcomes for some, due to the intensity of these conditions.
Temperatures are set to exceed 40C in the Western Cape, on both Friday AND Saturday. Although it’s expected to be a little cooler near the coastal regions, Cape Town is still heading for highs of 35C.
These hot, humid conditions have got Cape Town in a chokehold at the moment, and after a wet start to the summer, the sunshine has been relentless since the turn of the year. A dozen districts are now on high alert, and this particular weather warning will remain in place for these locations until Sunday morning:
What is more, a full moon tide has also been reported in the Mother City, and a yellow Level 2 warning is also in place, due to the threat posed by dangerously-high waves. However, heatstroke remains the primary concern.
“Very-to-extremely hot conditions will be felt over the Northern and Western Cape provinces. Temperatures are likely to reach 40C by Friday, and persistently high temperatures may result in heatwave conditions this weekend. Heatstroke can be fatal if medical attention is not made available immediately.”SAWS statement
Extreme heat/heatwave advisory: W & N Cape: 20 – 23/01/2022— SA Weather Service (@SAWeatherServic) January 20, 2022
Expect very hot weekend – W & N Cape this weekend and with yellow level 2 warning for WAVES (see post). public should expect beachfront disruptions and take care when on going to the beach Friday and Saturday morning. pic.twitter.com/o2oECxPIhB