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Cold front: Johannesburg residents urged to be careful with heaters

A secondary cold front which made landfall in the Western Cape on Friday, 21 May, bringing rain – and even snowfall – in that part of the country is expected to reach Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga during Saturday and Sunday. As a precautionary measure, the City of Johannesburg has urged residents not to leave heating devices unsupervised in order to avoid accidental fires.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) warned that as the cold weather invades the central parts of the country the maximum temperature would drop significantly.


Gauteng’s weather forecast looks bleak on Saturday morning, 22 May, with the minimum temperatures across the province sitting in the single-digits, starting with Johannesburg with 4°C, Vereeniging, 5°C, Springs and Pretoria, 6°C, and Hammanskraal with 7°C.

According to SAWS, temperatures will not remain that frigid for the rest of the day with maximum temperatures rising to the upper-teens – and even the lower 20s – later on. Hammanskraal leads with a high of 23°C followed by Pretoria, 21°C, Johannesburg, 19°C, Vereeniging, 18 °C, Springs, 17°C.

Robert Mudlauzi, the spokesperson for the City of Johannesburg Emergency Management Service, urged informal settlement residents to be careful, according to SABC News.

“From our side as the City of Johannesburg Emergency Management Services, we will remain on high alert so that we can be able to respond to any emergency which might occur throughout the weekend,” said Mulaudzi.

The City’s warning comes after unattended heating devices started several fires over the years, which leads to loss of life and destruction.

Mudlauzi listed the devices of concern, which included heaters, paraffin stoves, candles, gas heaters, and imbaula.


A cold front approaches – stay warm this weekend

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) confirmed that a passing cold front is expected over the weekend. This will result in significant temperature drops across large parts of the country on Saturday, 17 April 2021.

Remember to bring your pets in or make sure they have a warm spot to cosy up. If you need some inspiration for staying warm, you’ve come to the right place.


Get the blankets and throws. Get the jackets and scarves or whichever item of clothing you associate with snuggles on a cold winter’s evening. The trick here is to either layer your clothing or just go all out and make a blanket nest.

Try to avoid going out, if you can. It shouldn’t be all that difficult considering we’ve been forced to stay indoors as much as possible due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.


Prepare a proper winter’s feast this weekend to keep the cold at bay. Warm dishes are a sure-fire way to stay warm and there is no better time than the present to use the cold front to cook up a storm.

Bake all day, if you are in a position to do so. Not just because winter-warmer dishes are essential, but because using your oven will heat up the whole house. As you bonus, your house will be filled with pleasant aromas.

There’s nothing quite like a hot drink on a cold night. Why not cosy up with a steaming hot chocolate? Remember to top with cream or marshmallows for extra luxury. But don’t forget to stay hydrated.

We tend to avoid drinking water when it’s cold outside but water helps protect our immune system from dehydration, which can weaken your immune system. Why not infuse your water with lemon, mint, garlic and ginger?


Close the doors and windows and get the family to huddle together in the living room. Bonus if you have a fireplace or gas heater. Turn the lounge floor into a haven of blankets and pillows.

Better yet, build a blanket fort! You don’t even need kids in the family for this, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a grown-up blankfort. Simply gather all the blankets, arrange the chairs strategically and start draping.


Make sure everything from the top of your head to your tippy toes are covered, and that means a cozy beanie or scarf and a fuzzy socks. Just do it, thank us later.

And if all else fails, stay in bed.


News: Below zero temperatures expected for Gauteng

Starting on Tuesday, Gauteng residents should brace themselves for a two day cold front.

Temperatures are likely to drop below zero on Tuesday morning, heating up a bit more from Thursday.

A 30% chance of light rain is also expected on Tuesday.

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