The weather in the Midlands continues to go up and down like an agitated puppy, but this week instead of wind, cold, rain and mist, it’s hot, hot, hot with the occasional storm to liven things up.

Sitting at the desk grafting away it’s hard not to feel a little self-pity as you wipe the sweat from your brow, but then a few thoughts about the guys and gals working on the roads, digging ditches, out repping or grafting under the sun on farms quickly puts an end to all that.

Just plain nasty

Someone even sent a pic to The Meander Chronicle Facebook page on Wednesday of 46C somewhere near PMB. No word of lie. That’s just plain nasty.

At the moment the Weather Service predicts that the provincial capital will hit a maximum temp of about 35C on Friday. Saturday and Sunday are going to remain warmish-to-bloodyhot, while the serious stuff returns on Monday, with another scorcher (read about 35C).

Heatwave

No point bashing out all the temperatures for Mooi River, Howick and Greytown, other than to say it’s going to be bloody hot with the odd thunderstorm thrown in. The SA Weather Service website has all the info and warnings about the current heatwave being experienced in parts of the country.

How about some of these temperatures (predicted)? Kimberley, 39C on Saturday; Phalaborwa 39C on Friday and 41C on Saturday; Bloemfontein 38C on Saturday; Makhado, anywhere from 35C-40C up until Tuesday.

While I’m on a roll, maybe it’s the right time to hit up the wife for that little plunge pool I’ve been dreaming of! – Garth Johnstone

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