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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Stay hydrated! Boiling KZN expected to get hotter as heatwave intensifies

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Record-breaking temperatures are expected in KZN as the current heatwave climaxes today, Thursday.

The province has been experiencing very high temperatures in the region of 35 to 37 degrees Celsius for the past few days.

The brighter side is that after Thursday, temperatures are expected to gradually decrease to normal levels.

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Extreme temperatures have been experienced across the country and on Thursday record-breaking minimums and maximums are expected.

Thursday’s maximum temperatures may peak in the upper 30s to 40 degrees Celsius around the province.

Friday will bring a little relief as temperatures are expected to come down. However, on Sunday temperatures will soar to uncomfortable highs.

Truckers are advised to take extra caution when driving in hot weather. Drivers are reminded that it’s easier to get fatigued when driving in extremely hot weather.

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Avoid dehydration by drinking a lot of fluids, preferably water as it’s calorie-free, caffeine-free, inexpensive and easily available.

A lack of fluids in a person’s body can lead to dehydration which causes dizziness, fainting and low blood pressure all of which are deadly if experienced when driving. Dehydration may also make constipation worse.

Try to avoid soft drinks and limit drinks with caffeine (energy drinks). High doses of caffeine taken all at once may increase the amount of urine the body makes.

If your truck’s air conditioner is not working properly, ensure that there is enough ventilation in your cab especially when stationary. Avoid sleeping with little to no ventilation in your cab as this may lead to fainting.

Most importantly, if you see early signs of fatigue, don’t fight it but stop and address it as soon as possible. In normal temperatures, one can push to the next stop but this may not be possible when driving in extremely hot weather.

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Don’t be pressured to follow your normal routine because hot weather changes how your body will react to everything. Remember, you are the one in charge of your truck and well-being, not the controller or other pressuring factors. Drive Safe!

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