South Africa : 12 new temperature records have been set as mercury soars

Weather map for South Africa. Photo : RR

Casablanca, Morocco (ADV) – South Africa might be two different countries this week. In the south-west, it’s cold and rainy, with temperatures struggling to get above 20C. In the north-east, we’ve got a lingering heatwave.

Data shared by the South African Weather Service (Saws) and eNCA shows that 12 towns and cities across Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga, KZN and North West have all smashed their previous highest temperature records for the month of September.

That includes the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria. Jozi saw the mercury rise up to 32.9C – a fraction higher than the previous monthly high recorded back in 1985.

PTA also smashed a long-standing record, with 33.8C recorded on Tuesday. That’s even hotter than the previous hottest temperature of 33.5C. As it turns out, half of the country is currently boiling.

Mukumbani in Limpopo saw the highest rise of all record temperatures. It’s dramatic climb of 1.1C saw the region easily dismiss a 32-year-old record. Staying in the province, Hoedspruit’s new hottest temperature of 40.9C is the highest on our list.

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