GABORONE – The Department of Metereological Services in Botswana has warned that “extremely hot” temperatures, in the 37- to 40 degrees Celcius range, which could be potentially hazardous to public health, will hit the northern, south-central and southern parts of the country between Tuesday, 25 October, and Friday, 28 October.
In a statement issued in Gaborone, the weather service said the northern tourism resort areas of Maun and Shakawe would register the highest temperature of up to 40°C.
Francistown, Selebi-Phikwe, Ghantsi, Kasane and Pandamatenga are all expected to have average daily temperatures of 39 degrees Celcius. The capital, Gaborone, and four other regions in the southeast are expected to have average daily temperatures of up to 38°C.
“The Department of Meteorological Services wishes to advise the public that the prevailing weather conditions of extremely hot temperatures over most parts of the country are expected to continue from today, 25 October, until 28 October.
“The most affected districts are the Gantsi, Ngamiland, Chobe, Central, Northeast, Northern-Kgalagadi, South-East, Kgatleng and Kweneng districts. Temperatures over these areas are expected to reach highs of between 38°C and 40°C.
“Although the Southern-Kgalagadi and Southern districts will still be very hot, temperatures are expected to range between 35°C and 37°C. These extremely hot temperature conditions are due to the persistence of hot northerly continental air mass or wind flow,” the department said.
Among other precautionary measures, it advised people in the affected areas to drink more water, avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and wear wide-brimmed hats to protect themselves from the adverse effects of the hot weather conditions.
Africa News Agency