Extreme Temperature Diary- Sunday January 23rd, 2022/ Main Topic: Severe Heatwave Strikes South Africa

The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track global extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉

Main Topic: Severe Heatwave Strikes South Africa

Dear Diary. January is usually the peak of Southern Hemisphere heat, which has been impressive in 2022 across all three main continental areas susceptible to soaring temperatures- Australia, southern South America, and now South Africa. Today let’s focus on the current eye-opening heat wave occurring in and around the country of South Africa.

On Saturday we did have a substantial heat dome covering South Africa with the most positive anomalies over the southern half of that country:

Thankfully, outside of extreme southern Africa, most of the rest of the continent appears to be having at or below average temperature conditions. There are some hotter than average conditions occurring across Madagascar also, though.

Here are some “ET’s” from southern Africa:

Where there is record heat for a few days, wildfire usually follows, and this unfortunately is the case in portions of South Africa:


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Trapped in heatwave, firefighters battle Cape fires while SPCA appeals for help

CAPE TOWN – The SPCA is appealing to anyone who can assist their desperate attempts to raise funds as they tend to survivors of the devasting Cape fires.

Earlier this month, a Kleinmond fire destroyed over 5,400 hectares, killing off wildlife and leaving others severely burnt.

Together with CapeNature, welfare group Baboon Matters and volunteers, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA is attempting to rescue baboons caught in the fires.

Fortunately, they’ve managed to dart and rescue a young female baboon, nicknamed Kelly.

Abraham said she had severe burns to her hands and feet but was expected to make a full recovery.

Anyone able to assist has been urged to contact the Cape of Good Hope SPCA directly.


Residents in the Western Cape, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape have been urged to be on the lookout for veld fires as heatwave conditions continue.

The warning from the South African Weather Service for the severe heat and potential fires was set to be in place until Sunday evening.

Firefighters continue to tirelessly battle wildfires amid the heatwave.

Cape Town alone recorded 64 vegetation fires over a 24-hour period with visitors to Table Mountain’s Silvermine reserve having to be evacuated.

In the Cape Winelands District ground crews were engaged in active firefighting at two fires.

In the Pearl Valley area near Paarl a blaze that broke out on Saturday had been largely contained.

The district municipality’s Jo-Anne Otto said they were more concerned about a fire raging at Robertson Valley where the blaze from a lightning strike threatened property and farmlands.

Members of the public in all affected areas have been reminded to be watchful for fires, stay out of the sun and stay hydrated.

EC Fire update
Fire 1: Waterval 2
More than 50 firefighters from different teams in the western part of the EC are still hard at work fighting the Waterval fire which has been ongoing for 6 days. WOF is assisting Koukamma Municipality on this fire. #WOF_EC pic.twitter.com/i0SszkmfbgWorking on Fire (@wo_fire) January 23, 2022

I’ll report more on the hot situation in South Africa once major news services in the United States convey writeups on this story.

Here are some “ET’s” reported from Sunday:

Here is some more 2021 climatology:

Here is more climate and weather news from Sunday:

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Now here are some of today’s articles and notes on the horrid COVID-19 pandemic:

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