Heatwave alert hoax

09 Oct 2015 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 09 OCT (NAMPA) - The Namibia Meteorological Service (NMS) has distanced itself from reports circulating on social media regarding an 'impending heatwave'.
The statement was released after a report circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp social media platforms this week, forecasting that a heatwave will hit most parts of Namibia from Saturday this week until 15 October 2015, apparently coming from Cape Town, South Africa.
The report “alerted” Namibians to take necessary precautions such as to keep children and senior citizens out of direct sunlight and to consume a lot of water during the period.
The report on Facebook said “desert sun-like maximum temperatures of 42 Degrees Celsius (°C) and quite high Ultra Violet rays (UV) levels were expected to hit the country, making it difficult for humans to breath, including healthy individuals”.
A heatwave is a prolonged period of abnormally hot weather conditions and usually occurs in oceanic countries.
The NMS said synoptic analysis for 10 October 2015 shows a cold front will be moving over Cape Town, South Africa.
“A high pressure is ridging behind the cold front and will push the cooler air into South Africa, causing temperatures to drop gradually from Saturday,” it said in a media statement on Friday.
The wind will be strong southerly, travelling at speeds of 26 knots on Friday evening, becoming fresh south-easterly on Sunday.
Temperatures between 18°C and 34°C is expected in Windhoek, Keetmanshoop between 18°C and 34°C, while a minimum of 18°C and a maximum of 31°C is expected for Karasburg.
Ondangwa can expect a minimum of 19°C and a maximum of 37°C, while Gobabis can expect temperatures between 16°C and 33°C.