Hot weather is causing problems in the Western Cape, where daytime temperatures are reaching the high 30s, and even the low and mid 40s in some places. In Paarl, just east of Cape Town, where temperatures have reached 42 degrees, teachers have reported that students are struggling to concentrate during lessons due to heat exhaustion and sleepless nights. In West Coast, north of the city, farmers are adjusting their work schedules as it is too dangerous to work outside. On 24 January temperatures peaked at 46 degrees. Local wine producers are also concerned about the effect of the heat on their Sauvignon Blanc cultivars, which are extremely sensitive to high temperatures.
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