The South African Weather Service (SAWS) warned that heatwave conditions are expected across large parts of South Africa on Thursday, with some provinces, including KwaZulu-Natal, reaching over 40º.

TAKE CARE AS SCORCHING TEMPERATURES CAN LEAD TO PHYSICAL DISORDERS

It said exposure to high temperatures could lead to physical disorders, including discomfort, fatigue, and heatstroke.

“The elderly, young children and people with compromised health status are vulnerable to negative health impacts from exposure to high temperatures.”

The SAWS also warned of damaging winds along the Western Cape coastline.

“Difficulty in navigation at sea for small to medium vessels and personal watercraft like Kayaks can be expected.

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“Choppy and rough seas may lead to vessels taking on water and capsizing in the locality. Localised disruption to harbours and beachfront activities is also likely.”

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Here is five tips for surviving a heat wave without air-conditioning:

  • Use box fans and ceiling fans to promote air circulation throughout your home. Opening doors in the house and using box fans to push hot air outdoors can function as an “exhaust” system and draw cooler evening air into the house.
  • Take advantage of the cooling power of water. Fill buckets or basins and soak your feet.
  • Head downstairs. Since hot air rises, the upper stories of a home will be warmer than the ground floor. A basement can be a cool refuge from the midday heat.
  • Don’t eat large, protein-rich meals that can increase metabolic heat and warm the body.
  • Remember that pets also suffer when the temperature rises. Cooling animals (dogs, rabbits, cats) by giving them a “cool” bath or shower will help keep their body temperature down.
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