Brace Up for Dry Spell

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By Kuvee Kangueehi Windhoek Namibians can brace themselves for a dry spell following some heavy showers that have pounded parts of the country over the last five days. Weatherman Victor Kaurimuje told New Era yesterday that the rains started clearing up yesterday and by today, the western half of the country will be clear. He said only the northeastern part of the country can expect some rain showers today. Kaurimuje noted that Windhoek received the highest rainfall over the last couple of days, which caused some flooding in some areas of the city. On Friday, 80 mm of rain was recorded at Hochland Park, while 85 mm was recorded on Saturday at Suiderhof, also in Windhoek. On Saturday, the Windhoek Weather Bureau recorded a rainfall of 11,5 mm, while the Hosea Kutako International Airport received 10 mm of rain. Kaurimuje noted Namibia was in the middle of the rainy season which normally starts in October and ends in March. “Our first half are the months of October, November and December, while the second half of the rain season is January, February and March.” It was predicted that the outlook for Namibia for the 2005 October, November and December rainy period would be normal to below normal rainfall over north to north-east Namibia, and normal to above normal over the area stretching from the north-west to the east, including the Namibian highland. The forecast for the rest of the southern parts of Namibia will be normal to below normal rainfall. For the period January, February, March 2006, the greater part of northern Namibia is likely to receive normal to above normal rainfall. Rainfall over the southern and south-eastern and the western parts is likely to be normal to above normal as well. Other rainfall recordings for Saturday: Katima Mulilo 10,2 mm Grootfontein 1 mm Outjo 1,8 mm Windhoek 11,5 mm Gobabis 28,8 mm Mariental 0,2 mm Keetmanshoop 4,5 mm