Killer heat: Workers from a South African game farm pick up the carcass of a dead animal. The country’s biodiversity is under increasing threat from extreme temperatures. (Guillem Sartorio/AFP)
If it feels hotter, that’s because it is.
New research by a PhD student at the University of Pretoria’s department of geography, geoinformatics and meteorology has found that South Africa is breaking more maximum temperature records than expected, with its climate “becoming more extreme”.
As warming accelerates in the country, high-temperature records are likely to be broken at a higher-than-expected rate, according to Charlotte McBride, the manager of climate data at the South African Weather Service (Saws).
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Sheree Bega is an environment reporter at the Mail & Guardian.
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