Rains bring welcome relief, more to come



With 2015 officially declared the hottest year ever on Earth, Namibians have been rejoicing since last weekend after the extreme heat and dry conditions gripping the country were finally interrupted by some much-needed rain. The good news is that virtually the whole country can look forward to a rather wet week.

According to the Namibia Meteorological Service (NMS)’s seven-day forecast, promising rain conditions are predicted over the greater part of the Namibian interior for the entire week and as rain persists throughout the week, Namibians can also expect some relief from the soaring temperatures that have prevailed since the start of December.

The NMS also forecasts isolated and scattered rainfall throughout the week; it will only be the southwest and the far-reaching areas of the //Karas Region that will not receive any rain during this period.

Rainfall prospects for the rest of the country look very good and each day the showers are expected to get stronger. The north, south and central high ground areas all stand a good chance of rain.

According to the latest figures for this past weekend Katima Mulilo recorded 5mm on Friday and 10mm were reported at Mpacha Airport, while Oshikango received 19.2mm and Okaukuejo 12.4mm. Grootfontein received 7.6mm of rain and Steenboklaagte recorded 41mm. On Saturday, Rundu reported 15mm and the Rundu Airport recorded 16.4 mm of rain, while Eenhana received 13.1mm. At Okakarara 6.4 mm of rain was reported. On Sunday, 12.2mm was recorded at Windhoek, 4.2mm at Gobabis and 1.9mm at Keetmanshoop. Although it was only partly cloudy in the Zambezi Region yesterday by today the region can also expect thundershowers. Meanwhile, the northern and central coastal areas also welcomed light rains yesterday and more is expected tomorrow.

With the relief of rain for especially drought-stricken farmers, a cooling of temperatures is also expected this week in most parts of the country.

Today there will be a significant drop in temperatures in the //Karas and Hardap regions when a cold front passes. The maximum temperature in Keetmanshoop will be about 23 degrees Celsius, but temperatures will rise again by Wednesday.

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