Residents in Gauteng, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga are advised to brace for an anticipated heat wave this week, particularly in the central and eastern regions of the country, according to the South African Weather Service. While isolated thundershowers are expected on Sunday evening in KZN, the North West, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo, severe thunderstorms are also a concern for these areas throughout the day as reported by IOL.
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Joburg Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi emphasises the importance of caution during the upcoming week, urging residents to avoid sun exposure between 11 am and 3 pm. Safety measures include staying hydrated, taking regular breaks when working in direct sunlight, and being mindful of the potential for heat-related issues such as exhaustion, cramps, and heat stroke.
Heat waves, defined by the SA Weather Service as maximum temperatures 5°C higher than the average maximum for the hottest month, persisting for three or more consecutive days, necessitate precautions. Residents are advised to stay hydrated, limit outdoor activities, wear loose clothing, seek shade, and avoid strenuous exertion to mitigate risks associated with heat exhaustion, hyperthermia, heat stroke, and dehydration.
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