The first heatwave of the summer has arrived in Cape Town.

Today’s maximum temperature is expected to peak at 31°C,  with cloud cover moving over in the afternoon, bringing along with it very warm and muggy conditions. Overnight the mercury will dip below the 20-degree mark with a low of 18°C, before it rises up to 34°C by tomorrow afternoon.

By Friday, the heatwave will remain in the Mother City as another high of 31°C will be felt. Saturday marks the decline of the heatwave, as a maximum temperature of 24°C is forecast along with the start of another spell of gale-force wind from the south-east. On Sunday, cooler conditions will prevail as the day-time high will remain stable at 25°C.

Meanwhile, heavy rains are occurring upcountry as flash flood warnings are being issued and dam levels there are already collectively at 75%.

 

Despite the heatwave, residents are still advised to adhere to level 5b water restrictions (which will be upgraded to level 6 on 1 January).

 

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Justin Williams

Justin Williams is a born-and-bred Capetonian with a flair for writing. His icons include the late South African authors Lawrence Green, Eric Rosenthal and T.V. Bulpin, literary figures who continuously inspire him to cover the avenues of lifestyle, travel and nature in a local context. When Justin's not covering a story, he can be found in the mountains - he's a renowned wild food forager and is currently learning herbalism.