Extreme Heat Advisory

The weather service extended the Extreme Heat Advisory for the Western Cape. Images: Pixabay/SAWS.

Extreme Discomfort Advisory for Western Cape extended by 24 hours

People in parts of the Western Cape will have to deal with the scorching conditions for slightly longer. The Extreme Discomfort Advisory was extended on Friday.

Extreme Heat Advisory

The weather service extended the Extreme Heat Advisory for the Western Cape. Images: Pixabay/SAWS.

Western Cape residents in parts of the province will have to deal with the sweltering conditions for a bit longer. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) extended its Extreme Discomfort Advisory until Saturday, 10 December.

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EXTREME DISCOMFORT ADVISORY EXTENDED

The Extreme Discomfort Advisory was meant to cease at 21:00 on Friday. The weather service issued an update on Friday afternoon at approximately 14:20. The advisory is now valid until 21:00 on Saturday.

READ: Extreme Discomfort Advisory for Western Cape until Friday night

“Very hot and dry conditions will result in very uncomfortable conditions where temperatures in the high 30s are expected over the interior of the Western Cape, and the interior of the Namakwa District (Northern Cape) today…” said the weather service.

Only northwestern parts of the Western Cape are expected to be affected by the high temperatures on Saturday, added the forecaster.

As previously reported, SAWS typically advises residents to stay out of direct sunlight as far as possible during such periods of intense heat.

The potential impacts of the high temperatures behind the Extreme Discomfort Advisory include:

  • Hyperthermia is a threat because when temperatures are extremely high, the human ability to regulate body temperature through sweat is reduced.
  • Heat stroke is the most serious health and safety concern in an extremely hot environment. It can be fatal if medical attention is not available immediately.

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