Botswana’s Department of Meteorological Services has warned that there will be a significant increase in temperatures around the country until next week and called on the public to take precautionary measures to protect themselves.
In a statement on Tuesday night, the department warned that extremely high temperatures ranging from 38°C to 41°C are expected over the western half of Botswana extending into the south eastern parts of the country.
It advised members of the public in the affected areas to take precautionary measures to protect themselves from these adverse weather conditions.
These measures may include, among others, drinking more water regardless of one’s activity level, avoiding prolonged stay under the sun, and wearing wide-brimmed hats or using umbrellas to protect oneself from the sun.
At least three people were killed in 2016 by an unprecedented heat wave, according to government officials. The three died at a hospital after they showed heat wave symptoms, including high body temperatures, breathing difficulties and a lack of consciousness, Botswana Health Ministry spokesperson Doreen Motshegwa said at the time.