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TEMPERATURES TO CONTINUE TO SOAR UNTIL LATER THIS WEEK IN PARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA

Heatwave Alert

The heatwave currently gripping Gauteng will only start easing later on this week when a cold front hits the southern parts of the country.

Several provinces, including Gauteng, are battling scorching temperatures – with the mercury reaching 37 degrees in some cities.

However, a cold front is expected to hit Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape later this week.

Forecaster Tokelo Chiloane says Gauteng will still be warm.

“It’s summer now (sic) so you won’t see a huge drop in temperatures but it will be a bit cooler than it has been.”

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Heatwave brings record high temperatures in San Francisco Bay Area, California #Heatwave #SanFranciscoBay #California #USA

Record High Temperatures

Temperatures will reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit (about 43.3 degrees Celsius) in interior locations and up to 115 degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of the Diablo Range, Central Valley and eastern Bay Area, according to the forecasts.

In Gilroy, the forecast for Sunday is 112 degrees Fahrenheit (about 44.4 degrees Celsius). A relatively balmy 102 degrees Fahrenheit (about 38.9 degrees Celsius) in San Jose will still break the record of 100 degrees Fahrenheit set in 1923. Oakland expects to hit 94 degrees Fahrenheit (about 34.4 degrees Celsius), and San Francisco 90 degrees Fahrenheit (about 32.2 degrees Celsius).

The NWS has also issued a “fire weather watch” for the East Bay and North Bay from Monday night through Wednesday morning, according to a report by the San Jose-based newspaper The Mercury News on Saturday.

It was the first such alert this summer in the Bay Area based on winds, the report said.

A more severe “red flag warning” was issued on Aug. 15 before the lightning storms that set off dozens of fires around Northern California.

Pacific Gas & Electric is considering shutting off power in some areas Tuesday and Wednesday to reduce the risk of fire caused by the utility equipment.

“If high temperatures, extreme dryness and record-high winds threaten the electric system, it may be necessary for us to turn off electricity in the interest of safety. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS),” the company said.

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Heatwave hits U.S. state of California #Heatwave #California #USA

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People are seen on the Santa Monica Beach, Los Angeles County, the United States, Aug. 15, 2020. A heat wave hit U.S. state of California this weekend.

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Severe Heatwave 40C Heading To Okanagan, South Thompson, Canada #Heatwave #Okanagan #SouthThompson #Canada

Heatwave Warning

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the Okanagan and South Thompson, with the expectation temperatures will reach 40 C during the day with overnight lows near 18 C for the next two days.

“A ridge of high pressure has been building over southern B.C. this weekend with temperatures peaking today then gradually declining as the week progresses,” the meteorological agency said.

“Today will be the hottest day with maximum temperatures reaching the mid- to upper-30s C, likely hitting 40 C at Lytton. Overnight temperatures will only cool to the upper teens, and may in fact stay above 20 C in windier locations of the Fraser Canyon. High temperatures on Monday will be two or three degrees cooler than today’s highs.”

Highs will reach the mid 30s C again on Tuesday, according to Environment Canada, but there should be some relief Monday night which will be cooler than tonight.

“This may be enough to technically end this heatwave at some locations,” the

Environment Canada and local Medical Health Officers expect an increase in health and safety risks from heat and are advising the public to take precautions.

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France swelters under heatwave, putting firefighters on alert #Heatwave #Wildfires #France

Heatwave Alert

Intense heat spread across much of France today ahead of a heavy holiday travel weekend, prompting officials to warn of wildfire risks in exceptionally dry and windy conditions.

Around one-third of the country’s 101 fire departments were on high alert, with Paris forecast to reach 40C in the shade after several cities hit record highs yesterday.

Authorities in the capital imposed driving restrictions to limit ozone pollution as tens of thousands of Parisians prepared to flee to cooler climes, according to the nation’s traffic surveillance agency.

“The heatwave requires the state to be vigilant, and everyone to be cautious,” Prime Minister Jean Castex said while visiting with firefighters in Bourg-en-Bresse, southeast France.

Earlier today, a dramatic wildfire in the middle of the Atlantic coast resort of Anglet was brought under control after it destroyed nearly a dozen homes and forced around 100 people to evacuate.

The blaze erupted late yesterday in the Chiberta forest park at Anglet in southwest France, whose beaches just north of Biarritz draw surfers from around the world.

It was the latest of several that erupted in southern and central France this week, kicking off the annual fire season which officials warn could be worsened by the drought and dry heat.

“Ninety percent of these fires are caused by humans,” Environment Minister Barbara Pompili told BFM television, asking people to use “common sense”.

Officials also urged families and neighbours to check in on the elderly, and retirement homes are on high alert since air-conditioners are being discouraged over fears they could foster coronavirus contagions.

An increase in Covid-19 cases prompted officials to tighten face mask requirements in several cities this week, with many making them mandatory outdoors despite the heat.

The Meteo France weather agency said that storms could bring relief tonight in central France. Night temperatures elsewhere are likely to stay high, falling to just 25C in cities like Lyon or Grenoble.

Last year was France’s hottest on record, and Meteo France has warned that global warming could double the number of heatwaves by 2050.

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