SA temperatures to hit 40°C this week – in these 12 hot-spots


We may only be a few days into October, but our first post-winter temperatures of 40°C have been forecast in several provinces. In two of the next four days, the heat is set to intensify beyond any uncomfortable measure – affecting millions of South Africans in the process.

Temperatures set to soar in South Africa, with 40°C predicted

On Tuesday, dry and boiling hot conditions will besiege several provinces. Between midday and late afternoon, temperatures will reach their peak – before a near-identical repeat takes place on Thursday. Things will, however, cool down as we head into next weekend.

Some preliminary readings from Ventusky even predict that temperatures could rise to a sweltering 45°C in rural parts of KZN this week. However, that’s not exactly set in stone, and 40°C remains the more realistic forecast for our hot-spots in question.

Temperatures could climb higher than 40°C in some regions, on both Tuesday AND Thursday this week – Photo: Ventusky

Latest weather forecast and updates for Tuesday 4 October:

The provinces of North West and Limpopo will be at the mercy of the highest temperatures coming our way on Tuesday. In Gauteng, northern regions of the province – and specifically Mont Lorraine – will experience peaks of 37°C in the afternoon.

The following locations are forecast to reach temperatures of 40°C or more on this date:

Abbey, Northern CapeMarble Hall, LimpopoMmantserre, North WestMusina/Beitbridge, LimpopoUitkyk, North WestSesobe, North West

Latest weather forecast and updates for Thursday 6 October:

On Thursday, KZN enters the chat. The province will join regions in the north-east, as thermometers rise to unbearable levels. Although Gauteng is on for a slightly cooler day, the mercury will still be pushing the 34°C mark in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The following locations are forecast to reach temperatures of 40°C or more on this date:

Ezidulu, KZNKamhlushwa, MpumalangaKwaMayakazi, KZNMusina/Beitbridge, LimpopoPhalaborwa, LimpopoTugela Ferry, KZN

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