Botswana on high alert as heat wave hits country
APA-Gaborone (Botswana) - The Botswana government has warned that a heat wave is expected to hit most of the country from Monday until the weekend, with the northern and central parts expected to be hardest affected.
Principal meteorologist in the Department of Meteorological Services, Radithupa Radithupa said on Monday that the prevailing extremely high temperatures over the northern half of Botswana are expected to last until Saturday.
Radithupa told APA that temperatures of between 38°C and 41°C are expected in the northern and central parts of the country, with a 30 percent chance of thundershowers on Friday.
He explained that the extremely high temperatures are due to the persistence of the hot northerly continental air mass or wind flow.
The expert said temperatures in the southern part of the country are also expected to be relatively high, ranging between 36°C and 37°C this week.
The western part of the country is expected to experience milder temperatures, he said.
“The Department therefore advises members of the public in the affected areas to take precautionary measures to protect themselves from these adverse weather conditions,” Radithupa said.
The measures include drinking more water regardless of one’s activity level, avoiding prolonged stay under the sun and protecting oneself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or umbrella.
Three people were killed in Botswana last year following another heat wave.