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Heat wave warning for parts of Northern Cape

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The weather service advised members of the public to stay indoors in a cool room near a fan if possible

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THE SOUTH African Weather Service has issued an advisory of heat wave conditions over the eastern parts of the Northern Cape.

The advisory came yesterday with a warning of extremely high fire danger conditions over the central and eastern parts of the Province.

High fire conditions also existed over the Central Karoo of the Western Cape, the northern interior of the Eastern Cape, the western Free State and the western parts of the North West.

The Weather Service meanwhile also advised of hot and humid weather that will result in extremely uncomfortable conditions in the Lowveld and Limpopo Valley of Limpopo today, as well as heat wave conditions expected over the western and central parts of both the Free State and North West.

The heat wave conditions are expected to last until at least tomorrow.

The maximum temperature in Kimberley for the remainder of this week will hover between 38 and 39 degrees Celsius, with little relief in the form of rain expected.

The weather service advised members of the public to stay indoors in a cool room near a fan if possible.

“The old and infirm must take extra care to stay hydrated and cool. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity, playing excessive sport and hard labour. Dress in light-weight clothes and drink plenty of liquids – not alcohol. Ensure that pets and livestock have enough access to water.”

Spokesperson for the Department of Education, Lehuma Ltuane, yesterday urged parents to take heed of the weather update from the South Africa Weather Service.

“Parents must pack enough water for their children when they go to school to assist them to stay hydrated.” He added that protective clothing (like caps or hats) was recommended to protect pupils against the harsh weather.

“Educators are advised to encourage children to stay in shaded areas and avoid playing openly in the sun.”

Farmers in parts of the Northern Cape are meanwhile facing the sixth consecutive year of drought.

Tommie Klopper from Boere in Nood (Farmers in Need) said farmers in Williston, Calvinia and Sutherland were in a dire situation. He estimates that farmers had reduced their sheep flocks by 60% in some areas.