Heatwave and dry weather conditions expected in central SA

South Africans in the central regions are warned about a heatwave and extremely dry weather conditions for the rest of the week.

According to the weather service’s Michael Nethavhani, a heatwave warning has been issued for the North West and the Northern Cape Province. He says although isolated thunderstorms are expected in the late afternoon in North West, weather temperatures in this province will be 36 degrees Celsius and above.

The Northern Cape Province remains dry with very high temperatures, while temperatures in the Free State also remain high with little rain expected. Nethavhani says Bloemfontein residents may, however, still expect some isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Heatwave warnings have been issued since last week Friday and the heatwave might last until Tuesday, with a combination of high temperatures and dry conditions. A few isolated thunderstorms are, however, being expected. Another warning is regarding the high fire danger index, which means any fire left unattended can easily rage out of control.

In the region of Rustenburg, average expected temperatures are 33 or 34 degrees Celsius, whereas in central South Africa it’s 36 or above. Nethavhani says water is becoming a scarce commodity and he urges people in central South Africa to take care of it.

In the central Free State, dry conditions are to be expected this week. He says areas such as Fauresmith can expect temperatures of up to 36 degrees Celsius.

Nethavhani says in the northern parts of the Northern Cape temperatures will be very high, as much as 38 to 42 degrees Celsius.

He says in the regions of Upington warnings regarding heatwaves and high fire danger index conditions have been issued, meaning that it is too dry, the humidity is very low and temperatures are extremely high.

He says any fire left unattended can easily rage out of control.

Katleho Morapela/courant News