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SADC-CSC Heatwave and Heat Spells Alert System (HSAS) Issue Number: 3 of 2018 (Release Date: 24/01/2018)

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Headline: Heatwave and Heat Spells persistency in northern and southern parts of the SADC Region during the period of 24 - 29 January 2018

Very high to extremely high temperatures have been experienced by most countries in the southern part of the SADC region, namely; Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, northern DRC, southern Mozambique, eastern Swaziland, southwestern Zimbabwe and southern fringes of Zambia.

Watch Zone

Central Mozambique, eastern Swaziland, Lowlands of Lesotho, most of central South Africa,
Namibia, parts of central Zimbabwe and southern Zambia For two weeks outlook there is likelihood of the departure from the long-term average temperature of at least 2 degree Celsius anomalies of the hot temperature over the extreme northern of DRC, entire Botswana,
Namibia, south Zimbabwe, northern South Africa, and south Mozambique.
Heat wave precautions are strongly recommended for the high risk people.
National Health Department and Disaster Risk Reduction agencies are called to assist in the specific measures to be adopted.

Recommended Action

People in most of Botswana, south-eastern tip of Angola, south-west Madagascar, southern tip of Malawi, south and west-central Mozambique, eastern and south Namibia, north and western South Africa, eastern Swaziland, extreme north east of Tanzania, extreme southern Zambia, extreme north, south and western Zimbabwe should adhere to healthy advisories to combating the high temperatures, that will be experienced in these areas. Extremely high temperature will be experience in a select few areas within the region, where extra caution needs to be undertaken.

Direct exposure to the sun between the hours from 11:00am to 4:00pm CAT have to be avoided by all means. Constant and frequent hydration is highly recommended during these hours.

Next Advice

The next advisory will be issued by 4:00 pm CAT 29 January 2018.