Cold weekend ahead

20 May 2021 | Weather

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



Namibians can ready themselves for a chilly weekend, with a cold front expected to bring rain to the southern parts of the country.

The Namibian Meteorological Services has warned that a pre-frontal cooling is expected in the south today, becoming cold with showers in the //Karas Region.

Weather forecaster Odillo Kgobetsi said it will be a very cold weekend with the windchill and the rain expected.

He said in //Karas daytime temperatures will drop to below 16 degrees Celsius today, while minimum temperatures will be below 5°C.

In parts of Hardap, the daytime temperatures will be 25°C today and minimum temperatures below 7°C.

Kgobetsi said tomorrow there will be a further drop in temperatures in the south and

//Karas can expect temperatures below 12°C, while Hardap can expect below 12°C in daytime temperatures.

“It will be very cold,” he said.

Meanwhile, in the central areas, the temperatures will drop by two to three degrees to about 8°C today, while tomorrow it will be about 5°C.

Kgobetsi, however, said daytime temperatures will stay relatively the same today, but tomorrow it will drop by about two degrees.

Although he said the system will start passing by Saturday, Kgobetsi added that it will only start to warm up slowly and still be cold.



The Benguela Nino

Independent meteorologist Johan van den Berg said most of the south-western Indian Ocean, south and south east of the Africa coastline, indicates cooler-than-normal sea surface temperatures, although there was some warming during April. He said surface waters of the west coast of South Africa, Namibia and Angola are, however, about 2°C to 4°C warmer than normal, and this consistent with a so-called Benguela Nino.

“In the 1985, 1995 and 2011 events, it caused severe disruption of the fishing industry, with warmer water, less oxygen and migration of many fish species.”

It can also have an effect on weather patterns, especially towards the Namibian and Angolan coastlines, but the global impacts are not clear, according to Van den Berg.

“Very little further rainfall is expected for the winter and spring. An unknown factor is the presence of the Benguela Nino that is a phenomenon of warmer waters off the coast of Namibia and Angola,” he said.

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