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Projections showing the mercury will reach 46C in some parts of the Western Cape on 22/1/2022 – Photo: Ventusky

Western Cape extreme heatwave: locals told to ‘stay out of the sun’

The Western Cape Government said Disaster Management is ready for action as an “extreme heatwave” hits the province this weekend.

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Projections showing the mercury will reach 46C in some parts of the Western Cape on 22/1/2022 – Photo: Ventusky

The Western Cape Government issued a warning on Friday, 21 January, urging the public to be careful during the expected heatwave throughout the province this weekend, 22 and 23 January.

WESTERN CAPE HEATWAVE

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued an “extreme heat/heatwave advisory” valid from Friday until midnight on Sunday, 23 January.

“Very hot to extremely hot conditions will result from predominantly northerly wind flow over the interior of the Western Cape and the Northern Cape provinces,” said the weather service.

The temperature is expected to rise above 40 degrees Celsius in some places in the Western Cape on Saturday and Sunday.

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“We are expecting soaring temperatures over the weekend, potentially rising to dangerous levels in some areas,” said Local Government MEC Anton Bredell via Disaster Management in a statement on Friday.

Bredell said the heatwave presented the provincial government with two risks to manage.

“Firstly, as people, we need to plan accordingly to stay out of the sun, and preferably not embark on long outdoor activities or exercise during the heat of the day,” said the MEC.

He said people should be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and pointed out that babies and elderly people are particularly at risk. People on chronic medication are also vulnerable to the weather.

“They need to drink extra water during heat waves to ensure that their kidneys are not further stressed,” said Bredell.

FIRE RISK

The MEC said the high temperatures increase the risk of wildfires and therefore the public is encouraged to be very careful with open fires. It is also important to remember that the Western Cape is currently in its fire season.

“If you are making a fire, never leave it unattended, and make sure it is completely extinguished when departing from your activities,” said Bredell.

The Western Cape Disaster Management Centre is on high alert and ready to respond to any fire or rescue missions, said the MEC.

A helpful guide on how to identify heatstroke is available here.