- The hottest day recorded in South Africa's history was on Saturday with 54°C
- The town of Vioolsdrif recorded the scorching temperature
- Temperatures across the country will start to drop from next week
South Africa has recorded the hottest day in the country on record on Saturday. The temperature reached over 50-degree celsius.
Briefly.co.za learned that the village of Vioolsdrif reached temperatures of 54°C, the same village broke the record back in 1995 with 46.2°C.
“On Thursday, it reached a new record of 50.1°C and then it broke its own record again on Friday by reaching 53.2°C, which was rounded off to 54°C,” SA Weather Service forecaster Mbavhi Maliage said.
She said that the area was prone to high temperatures.
“There was an upper high weather system situated over the area that resulted in an increase of temperatures, which is the reason we had a heatwave condition in parts of SA,” Maliage said.
The temperature is set to drop by 15°C. The temperature recorded today is officially the highest recorded in Africa in the modern era according to timeslive.co.za.
In 1931 a temperature of 55°C but the reading was deemed inaccurate due to instruments not being calibrated to international standards.
From next week the temperatures across the country will start to drop and people should exercise caution.
“In a heatwave condition, people should reduce outdoor activities; avoid excessive intake of alcohol and have regular liquid intake, particularly water. The elderly and children are the most vulnerable.”
Earlier this week Briefly.co.za reported on the tornados that ripped through KwaZulu-Natal last week.
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