The South African Weather Services has warned that the heat wave will continue this weekend in Gauteng.
Temperatures have been soaring between 30 to 37 celsius degrees all week in the province.
The weather service has advised residents to stay indoors, stay hydrated and avoid drinking alcoholic beverages.
Residents have also been urged to practice extra caution when spending time outdoors. This includes wearing sunglasses, applying sunscreen and wearing light colours and loose clothing.
On Monday, 12 November 2018, the City of Johannesburg’s Emergency Management Services also warned residents to take precautions.
The hot dry and windy weather could potentially lead to veld fires that is why people are discouraged from dumping their burning cigarette buds in dry grass or leaving open fires unmonitored.
“This current heat wave means that most of the citizens of the city of Johannesburg will be exposed to extremely hot temperatures, exposure to this kind of heat can easily lead to heat cramps, exhaustion or heat stroke,” emergency services spokesperson, Robert Mulaudzi, said.
To curb drowning incidents, emergency services also advised that young children should stay away from rivers, streams and dams.
Children should instead visit public swimming pools in their area, where there are life guards on site to monitor activities.
Other parts of the country which have been severely affected by the heat wave are the Free State, Northern Cape, North West and KwaZulu-Natal.