Laborers work at a construction site in Yangzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Aug. 3, 2015. The central meteorological authority issued a yellow alert for heat as most parts in China suffered a lingering heat wave. (Xinhua/Meng Delong)
Laborers work at a construction site in Yangzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Aug. 3, 2015. The central meteorological authority issued a yellow alert for heat as most parts in China suffered a lingering heat wave. (Xinhua/Meng Delong)

Department of Meteorological Services on Monday said in a statement that an eminent unprecedented heat wave is expected to prevail from Thursday to Friday.

Temperatures are expected to reach a maximum of 40 and 43 degree Celsius. From Saturday onwards, the heat wave will ease and see temperatures dropping slightly by about 2 degrees over most parts of the country.

Charles Molongwane, Principal Meteorologist from the department, told Xinhua Wednesday that the heat wave will affect the whole country and the major impact will be felt over Gantsi, Kgalagadi, South-East, Kgatleng and Kweneng districts.

The coming heat wave is not expected to lead to increased chances of getting rainfall; however, in some instances if condition permits, for example, available atmospheric moisture, the energy from the heat wave might be favourable for increased chances of rain fall, Molongwane noted.

“The rainfall forecast indicates that we are likely to receive 30 to 60 percent chance of thunder storm in some areas of Botswana”, he said.

He stated that this excessive heat the country has been experiencing has negatively affected crop and vegetable growth.

The meteorologist called on the public to take precautionary measures to protect themselves by drinking more water, avoiding prolonged stay under the sun or using sun blocks and umbrellas. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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