Updated 06 October 2015

How to survive the Gauteng heatwave

Gauteng, Limpopo, North West province and Mpumalanga are in for a heatwave with temperatures reaching up to 36 degrees C. Here's how to be prepared.

The South African Weather Service has issued a heatwave warning for parts of Gauteng, Limpopo, North West province and Mpumalanga that will last until  9 or 10 October.

They have also warned of a high probability of veld fires.

Earlier this year in February, Gauteng was hit with hot weather conditions where the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens saw temperatures reach 33.7°

This is the warning map issued by the SA Weather Service on 5 October:

heatwave chart

Forecaster Puseletso Mofokeng says Gauteng residents can expect temperatures to rise to highs of 34°C and the Service expects temperatures in Vereeniging to exceed 33°C. Pretoria can expect around 34°C, while the mercury in Skukuza in the Kruger National Park is expected to rise to 36°C.

When to take action. Source: South African Weather Service

heat wave what to do

In the light of these predictions, ER24 is urging people to be cautious as heat exhaustion can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications, such heat stroke.

How to stay cool during the 'dog days':

- Stay well hydrated by drinking a lot of water.
- Keep a close eye on babies, the elderly and children to ensure they are well hydrated.
- Remember to ensure that pets have a cool place to relax and cool clean water to drink.
- Wear the appropriate clothing and use sunscreen.
- Limit participation in outdoor activities. If you plan on participating in outdoor activities, ensure you rest and keep hydrated.
- If you are going to spend time at a pool, ensure your safety and that of children around you. Ensure that they are supervised while around and in the pool.
- Do not leave children and pets in a vehicle, even with a window open.

Watch out for the following symptoms of severe heat stroke or exhaustion:

- Severe headache
- Weakness or disorientation
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle cramps
- Severe thirst

Monitor people who have these symptoms. Persisting symptoms should be taken seriously and medical assistance should be sought.

Who to call in an emergency

Contact ER24 on 084 124 for any medical emergency

Call the Emergency Control Centre: 10177 or 012 358 6300/6400.

Or contact any of the following provincial disaster management contact numbers:


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