Heatwave

One town in Limpopo suffered through 43C heat on Tuesday – Photo: Unsplash

Heatwave latest: Is this the hottest place in SA right now?

How do you even cope with temperatures like these? A punishing heatwave is causing chaos across the country this week.

Heatwave

One town in Limpopo suffered through 43C heat on Tuesday – Photo: Unsplash

The heatwave has got a number of provinces in a chokehold right now, and there’s no respite due for the rest of the week. ‘Extremely uncomfortable’ conditions have been forecast until Friday – but who amongst us actually has the worst of it?

How long will the heatwave last?

Temperatures soared above the 40C mark on Tuesday, and although Wednesday is set to be a shade cooler, the mercury is set to rise once more on Thursday. Already this week, we’ve seen the town of Newcastle in KZN record its highest-ever temperature.

More of these records are likely to tumble in the coming days, as the SA Weather Service continues to verify its readings. With Free State, KZN, North West, Gauteng, and Mpumalanga all wilting under the heat, millions of South Africans are battling against the elements.

However, it is the people of Limpopo who are struggling the most…

Heatwave update: Limpopo is ‘the hottest part of South Africa’ right now

Data taken from the weather forecasters at Ventusky shows that, so far, Limpopo has experienced the hottest temperatures of this latest heatwave. Three regions in particular have suffered, recording some seriously scorching highs over the past 72 hours.

According to official SAWS data updated this afternoon, the small town of Malale hit a high of 43.4C. The location, which is right next to the border with Zimbabwe, was the hottest place in the country on both Monday AND Tuesday.

Thabazimbi in the south-west of the province recorded a temperature of 40C. However, that was allegedly been trumped by regions to the south-east of Mokopane. While the town itself battled against heat in the high thirties, surrounding rural regions saw thermometers get up to 41C.

What is the hottest ever temperature recorded in South Africa?

All three of these boiling-hot temperatures were recorded between 12:00 to 15:00, on the afternoon of Tuesday 4 October. However, there’s still someway to go before we reach SA’s hottest-ever reading. That was set 100 years ago, when Dubrody (Eastern Cape) got to 50C.

Blimey. We’ll stick with what we’ve got, thank you very much.

Parts of Limpopo have been sweltering in the heat this week – Photo: Ventusky