Big freeze is back

An anticyclone will cause lower temperatures next week, mainly in southern Namibia.

03 August 2018 | Weather

More cold fronts are expected in Namibia next week, pushed by an anticyclone.

Odillo Kgobetsi, chief meteorological technician for forecasting at the Windhoek weather office, said it will not be as cold as when the last anticyclone passed through Namibia.

A drop in temperatures is expected on Tuesday and Wednesday. However, this will mostly affect the south and the southern parts of Khomas. Kgobetsi explained that currently minimum temperatures in the south are between two and three degrees Celsius and could drop to zero degrees next week, with a maximum of 15 degrees. In the central areas minimum temperatures are currently at eight degrees Celsius and are expected to drop to five degrees, while the maximum will be about 20 degrees.

The Weather Today website reported that frost protection must be maintained, as night temperatures might plunge to below freezing in the Namibian interior.

The cold air will arrive from the far south, driven to Namibia by the anti-clockwise wind circulation around the high-pressure core.

“As this high-pressure core begins to edge around the south coast, the cold fronts will change direction and continue coming from the southeast,” the South African website said.

ELLANIE SMIT

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