NSRI urged public to be cautious as heatwave sweeps across the Cape

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has appealed to coastal and inland bathers, boaters, paddlers, sail boarders and surfers who intend to cool off in coastal waters, inland rivers, lakes, dams and any body of water to be cautious and to adopt a safety first mindset.

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This comes as the South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a

heatwave advisory for Tuesday and Wednesday, with temperatures exceeding 30 to 40 degrees Celsius.

The NSRI said the scorcher affecting the Northern Cape and Western Cape - coincides with the new moon Spring tide that peaked on Monday 13th November (Spring tide affecting the entire coastline towards the coming weekend)
Spokesperson, Craig Lambinon said t
he new moon Spring tide is now at its peak and will last for the remainder of this week into the coming weekend.

‘’Public members and the maritime community are urged to follow the SAWS weather advisory for updates and changes; Do not venture too deep into the water and be aware of strong rip currents; Children should be protected by a responsible adult watching over children when they are in, around or near water; Stay hydrated, wear a hat, wear sunscreen and seek shade; Around the coastline only swim at beaches protected by lifeguards and obey the lifeguards instructions to swim in between the safer demarcated swimming areas.’’

The City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre advised the public to take precautions to mitigate any potential health, and general safety impacts from the predicted weather.


Done by: Esona Mfazwe


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