• Pretoria hit 41 degrees celsius Monday as heatwave continue
  • African country in grip of worst drought for 23 years

South African cities including Pretoria and Rustenburg reached record-high temperatures for December yesterday as the El Nino weather pattern continued a heatwave in the country.

A weather station in Pretoria, the capital, reached 41 degrees Celsius (105.8 degrees Fahrenheit) Monday, beating the previous December high of 37.3 degrees set in 2003, according to data e-mailed by the South African Weather Service Tuesday. Rustenburg, west of Johannesburg, reached 39.4 degrees, higher than the previous record set in 2008.

South Africa is in the grip of its worst drought since 1992 as the El Nino weather phenomenon causes dry conditions in the whole sub-Saharan region. The government has declared disaster areas in several provinces as below normal rainfall, forecast to continue for the next four months, damages crops and livestock.

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