Cape Town residents may still be reeling from what many have unofficially dubbed “the hottest day of the year.” Temperatures soared to 39-degrees in some parts of the Western Cape and beaches were packed to the brim with those looking to escape the heat by taking a dip in the icy waters.
February has always earned the title of the hottest month in SA, and it looks to be showing just why its earned this reputation. Despite cool conditions this week, things are likely to heat up as temperatures are expected to soar from Thursday (17 February) with certain parts of the province experiencing temperatures as high as 36-degrees, according to the South African Weather Service (SAWS).
If you’re heading towards the areas of Vredendal, Clanwilliam, Malmesbury and Worcester, make sure you bring along your portable fan as temperatures in these areas will have hot to very hot conditions, as per IOL. Temperatures will peak at 36-degrees but will remain relatively cool along the Cape’s coast which is forecast at 31-degrees.
While this may not classify as a heatwave per se, it is going to be a scorcher, so staying cool will be the priority this week. Here are a few ideas.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
We said that three times because it’s so important. If you’re consuming eight glasses of water on an average day, consume a bit more to ensure your body gets back all the water it’s losing through sweat.
Search for air-con
If you’re tired of having your fan blow hot air onto your face then head to your favourite air-conditioned spot. This can be a restaurant or even the library.
Grab some water
Never underestimate the cooling power of water. If you haven’t managed to purchase yourself a kiddie pool, then opt for wet towels and bandannas which can be worn on your shoulders or head. Another tip is to fill a bucket or your basin with cool water and just soak your feet!
Don’t forget the animals!
In the heat of the moment, we can forget that our pets are getting hot too. Give them a “cool bath” or shower to help keep their body temperature down or lay a cool towel on the floor for them to chill on.