While Europe is suffering heatwave upon heatwave, experts warn that similar extreme weather events may also hit South Africa in the next six months. High temperatures could potentially lead to more deaths in vulnerable communities, like those that occurred in January of this year in Kakamas in the Northern Cape. Climate modeling shows that within the next 10 years, South Africa will experience heatwaves of unprecedented intensity.
This report was compiled by Suzanne Paxton, Lizette Labuschagne, Jabu oaAfrika and Danny Booysen.
This story was produced with support from Internews' Earth Journalism Network. It was first published in SABC News on 12 August 2023. It has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
Banner Image: Jabu oaAfrika, video journalist, and Professor Francois Engelbrecht / Credit: Suzanne Paxton.