Newcastillians are urged to brace themselves for an upcoming heatwave, as the South African Weather Service (SAWS) issues a warning for persistently high temperatures from Wednesday, 4 October 2023, to Friday, 6 October 2023.
The anticipated heatwave is expected to affect various parts of the country, according to SAWS.
“Under these conditions, prolonged exposure to the midday sun poses health risks, hence it’s advisable to seek shade and keep hydrated. Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over Northern Cape, western and northern parts of North West, Western Bushveld of Limpopo, Amajuba Local Municipality of KwaZulu-Natal as well as Joe Gqabi District Municipality and Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality of Eastern Cape,” cautioned SAWS.
Furthermore, according to SAWS, the potential impacts of this heatwave include heat stroke, heat cramps, dehydration, heat exhaustion, and respiratory ailments. As a result, the weather service strongly advises the public to avoid direct sun exposure, stay well hydrated, maintain a cool home environment, dress in lightweight clothing, and use sunscreen.
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