The heat is on as sum­mer makes an en­trance

Pretoria News - - FRONT PAGE - VIRGILATTE GWANGWA virgilatte.gwangwa@inl.co.za

IT IS time for res­i­dents of the city to bring out the sun­screen, sun­glasses and sun hats as the mer­cury is likely to rise and rise.

The South African Weather Ser­vice yes­ter­day warned of more high tem­per­a­tures ahead as sum­mer ar­rives.

Fore­caster Vic­to­ria Nurse told the Pre­to­ria News the tem­per­a­tures were not un­usual as the coun­try was head­ing into the sum­mer months.

Nurse said city dwellers needed to brace them­selves for dry and hot weather through­out the week, al­though there is a slight pos­si­bil­ity of thun­der­storms on Sun­day.

Nurse said, how­ever, this sum­mer was ex­pected to have above nor­mal high tem­per­a­tures.

A Department of Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion spokesper­son said: “No El Niño is ex­pected this sum­mer, but even though no heavy rains are ex­pected at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, the SA Weather Ser­vice is pre­dict­ing heavy show­ers to­wards the end of the pe­riod.”

It said the pre­dic­tion was good news as last year’s El Niño had brought with it a dev­as­tat­ing drought that af­fected many parts of the coun­try. The department’s weekly re­port showed a con­tin­u­ous drop in dam lev­els, in­di­cat­ing that the av­er­age level had dropped from 67.6% to 67.1% dur­ing last week.

Spokesper­son Sput­nik Ratau said the Vaal Dam was at 88.5% of its ca­pac­ity, com­pared with last week’s 89.2%.

“The low rain­fall dur­ing the win­ter has re­sulted in the wa­ter lev­els in the Vaal River Sys­tem, con­sist­ing of 14 dams and serv­ing mainly Gaut­eng, Sa­sol and Eskom, to de­crease slightly.

“The In­te­grated Vaal River Sys­tem de­creased by 0.3 points from 77.8% to 77.5%, but this is not bad as the sys­tem was at 53.5% of ca­pac­ity at the same time last year,” he said.

But even so, Ratau ad­vised res­i­dents to save wa­ter.

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