Little chance of rain this week

Hot and dry except in the far north

21 January 2019 | Weather

Hot and dry conditions persisted over most of Namibia, except parts of the north, over the weekend and the chance of rain remains slim for the rest of the week.

Chief weather forecaster Odillo Kgobetsi of the Namibia Meteorological Service explained that although cloudy conditions are expected over the central and southern regions this week, no rain is expected.

“A high-pressure system will be dominant over the southern and central regions, depressing rainfall chances,” he said.

The outlook for today until Wednesday includes isolated thundershowers in the northern parts of the country, and slim to no chance of rainfall in the rest of Namibia.

Over the weekend similar conditions prevailed, with rainfall reported near Tsumeb, Oshivelo and in the far northern parts, with hot and dry weather elsewhere.

A South African weather service confirmed that the central and southern parts of Namibia can continue to expect “warm to very hot” conditions, with heavy thundershowers in the Zambezi and Kavango regions and isolated thundershowers in the far north.

Earlier this month, climate experts warned farmers to prepare for another drought this season.

South African climatologist Johan van den Berg, a climate scientist at Santam Agriculture, said from an agricultural viewpoint, the rest of the 2018/19 summer season had a high risk of drought conditions.

Van den Berg added that southern Africa was more than likely nearing the end of a drought cycle that started in 2012, based on a long-term overview.

“It is very likely that wetter conditions will set within the next year or two. The challenge is to survive the current season.

“There is a very high level of uncertainty about expected rainfall for the rest of the summer season,” Van den Berg said.

JANA-MARI SMITH