The Australian Outback. The Sahara Desert. Even the scorching plains of the Middle East: All of these locations will seem like a comparative oasis for residents in the Western Cape on Saturday 22 January…
That’s because temperatures are guaranteed to soar to unbearable levels. In fact, new data released on Friday shows the province is likely to be ‘the hottest place on Earth’ tomorrow, with the mercury surpassing 46C in some parts.
Ventusky, a weather forecasting tool used to predict weather patterns in South Africa, has a colour-coded system for determining how high the temperature will be, in every location worldwide. A quick glance at their map for this weekend shows that NOWHERE has a darker shade than the Western Cape.
Across the rest of Africa, temperatures will be pushing 40C this weekend. Australia is on course for highs of 38C, and the punishing heatwave sweeping across South America will reach a similar peak.
But there’s nowhere else on the planet that can match the forecast of 46C for the region to the east of Saldanha Bay. Elsewhere, 45C given out for rural areas near Vredendaal, in the north of the Western Cape. Both the Cape Winelands and parts of Ceres are expected to wilt in temperatures of 43C.
Both the SA Weather Service and SAPS have issued warnings to those in the Western Cape this weekend, stating that heat exhaustion is likely to be a major concern over the next 48 hours.
“The South African Weather Service has issued a warning for extremely hot weather conditions in parts of the country. Never leave infants, children, older adults, individuals with disabilities or pets in a vehicle unattended.”
“If someone is showing signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke seek emergency medical care immediately. Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest, such as morning and evening hours – and rest often in shady areas.”