High temperatures could prompt ‘more water restrictions from municipalities’
At a weather station at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, a temperature of 40.3 degrees celsius was recorded, eclipsing a record of 39.8 degrees on Tuesday. It was 36.5 degrees at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, topping the previous record of 36 degrees the day before.
South Africa is in the grip of a drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon which has caused dry conditions in the whole sub-Saharan region.
“We do have a little bit of a crisis, we are running out of water and that will have a ripple effect down the line,” Ernst Janovsky, the head of agribusiness at Barclays Africa, said by phone from Johannesburg.
Johannesburg municipality started refilling two reservoirs in the center of South Africa’s biggest city after they ran dry and left thousands of people with no water, Johannesburg Water said on Wednesday. The high temperatures could prompt “more water restrictions from municipalities,” according to Janovsky.
Many other locations had their highest recorded temperatures or the highest in decades, with Thabazimbi in the north recording a 42.7 degrees celsius.
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