Heat wave is here

Temperatures up to 39 degrees

26 October 2018 | Weather

Following wet and cool weather in most parts of Namibia, a sharp spike in temperatures is expected today and over the weekend.

The chief weather forecaster at the Namibia Meteorological Service, Odillo Kgobetsi, says hot weather is expected in the interior from today, as well as warming over the coast. With offshore flows in the west, temperatures in the Namib Desert and along the central and southern coast are expected to reach 35 to 37 degrees Celsius. “Sandstorms are most likely over the central and southern coast,” Kgobetsi says.

Temperatures will also rise in the southern and northern regions today and at the weekend. Maximum temperatures of 34 to 37 degrees are forecast for the south, and 36 to 39 degrees in the north.

“Dry conditions will persist over the central and southern regions,” Kgobetsi said. Frontal cooling is again expected in the south from next Tuesday, and it will become cooler in the central region on Wednesday.

Rainfall figures reported on Wednesday indicate that 102mm was recorded at Omaruru on Tuesday, followed by 57mm at Khorixas. Okahao recorded 19mm, while Oshikango and Helao Nafidi measured 2mm each. Okaukuejo in the Etosha National Park recorded 14mm and Outjo 15mm.

A NamWater dam bulletin issued on Wednesday showed slight increases in the levels of the Oanob and Hardap dams in the Hardap Region.

On 20 October, Oanob was 59.3% full, which increased to 59.8% the next day. Hardap's level rose from 35.4% on Monday to 40% on Wednesday following heavy rains in the south of the country.

JANA-MARI SMITH