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Cold events such as Tembisa tornado a blip on the radar - environmentalist

At least 20 people were injured at the Phumulani Mall in Tembisa after a tornado hit the area on Tuesday.

Authorities say that more than 30 shops at the mall have been affected by the tornado strike, in addition to damage caused to a petrol station and local hospital.

The tornado and hail left severe structural damage, with trees uprooted, trucks blown onto their sides and roofs torn off buildings.

This is the second tornado to hit the province this week, with the first one in Magaliesburg on Monday.

Despite the extreme weather conditions across the country, environmental expert Guy Midgeley says that the South African climate has become hotter in recent years.

We've been setting more and more hot temperature records.

Dr Guy Midgley, Professor at the University of Stellenbosch’s Global Change Biology group.

Midgeley says the occasional cold events cause the country to overlook the increasingly warmer climate.

He adds that climate models are critical tools to measure the global changes relating to weather patterns.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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