Temperatures are expected to soar in the Western Cape on Monday, January 4. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has predicted that several parts of the province will have maximum temperatures of at least 30°C. According to the service, Cape Town will have a maximum temperature of 31°C on Monday, January 4, and a minimum of 22°C.

Worcester will have a high of 37°C, while Vredendal’s residents will be subjected to a sweltering 34°C.

AfriWx Southern Africa Weather Maps, Rainfall & Storm Reports’ official Facebook page has warned that parts of the Western Cape will be subject to fire warnings as a result of the high temperatures.

“Heat wave of persistently high temperatures is expected over the southern Cape Winelands District and Worcester in the Western Cape until Monday,” the page said.

On Thursday, December 17, a fire broke out on Victoria Road between Bakoven and Camps Bay.

On Saturday, January 2, a fire broke out in the same area and was fanned by winds, making all the more challenging for firefighters to battle the fire.

The blaze was brought under control in the late afternoon. Another flare-up began a short while later, eventually being put out completely.

When reporting fires in the Western Cape please contact your Local District Municipality:

– City of Cape Town – 107 or 021 480 7700 and 080 911 4357

– Overberg – 028 425 1690

– West Coast – 022 433 8700

– Eden – 044 805 5071

– Central Karoo – 023 449 8000

– Cape Winelands – 021 886 9244 / 021 887 4446

A thunderstorm warning has also been issued for several parts of the province.

“A level two warning for thunderstorm with possible impacts including localised damage to infrastructure, property as well as livestock is expected in places over Namakwa District of the Northern Cape and the Central Karoo District of the Western Cape as well as in places over the interior of the Eastern Cape,” it said.

According to SAWS, temperatures in Cape Town will begin dropping slightly from Tuesday, January 5.

Tuesday is expected to be cloudy, with a maximum of 23°C, while Wednesday will be sunny. However, the maximum temperature will remain at 23°C.

Thursday will be a maximum of 28°C, and this will remain the same until Friday.

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.