Thursday 31 December 2015

Record heatwave in South Africa

In a part of the world that’s likely to be forgotten South Africa has seen record temperatures.

It's a world on fire! Record heatwave in both hemispheres: Parts of South Africa hit 46C (115F) and parts of Florida 89F (32C)

26 December, 2015

KwaZulu-Natal has seen temperatures rising to unprecedented levels on Friday.
Northern parts of the province such as uLundi and Nongoma have recorded as high as 46 Degrees Celcius (115F).

Durban Weather forecaster Wiseman Dlamini says these extreme weather conditions are caused by berg-winds which blew from inland to the coast.
"The highest recorded area was over uLundi.

The areas around Jozini the temperature was 44 degrees.

Coming to KZN midlands over Greytown area the temperatures were about 43 degrees, and Pietermaritzburg 42.

Richards Bay along the coast they had about 43 for Friday.

Around Durban area they had about 37 degrees going to Margate dropping down to about 29 degrees," says Dlamini.

Meanwhile on the northern hemisphere Christmas 2015 came with record-breaking heat to Naples in Florida, where temperatures reached a high of 89 degrees (32C).

According to the National Weather Service, that's the highest recorded temperature on Dec. 25 for the area.

Prior to Friday, the highest temperature recorded on Christmas Day was 87 degrees in 1987.

Friday's temperature also tied for all-time high in the month of December.
The last year Naples experienced 89 degrees in December was on Dec. 14, 1972.

Barry Baxter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami, said that Southwest Floridians can expect similar temperatures through the remainder of 2015.

"What it is is really high pressure in the Atlantic," Baxter said, adding that it's the same effect that has blanketed the east coast of U.S. with unusually warm weather.

"It doesn't look like the high pressure will let down and so, through the end of the month, were going to be dominated by those high temperatures

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