More freezing weather ahead

The current cold snap is expected to continue for the rest of the week.

14 July 2020 | Weather

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK

With more cold fronts moving into the country, Namibians can brace themselves for some more freezing nights.

The country has just experienced one of its coldest weekends in years after a massive cold front developed over the South Atlantic, causing freezing conditions, frost, strong winds and rains in some parts of the country.

According to the Southern African Weather, Rainfall and Storm Reports, a new cold front has developed over the South Atlantic and even more activity is flowing out of the Antarctic and South America.

Namibia Meteorological Services chief forecaster Odillo Kgobetsi told Namibian Sun that frontal cooling and rain were already expected in the extreme south by yesterday.

Strong winds

“The cold airmass will be in circulation in the south with cloudiness and near-freezing conditions on Tuesday. Very cold conditions are also expected over the central and eastern regions on Tuesday.”

He said windy conditions with fresh to strong winds will set in from today and will persist for the remainder of the week.

According to him daytime temperatures in the South will reach only about 15 degrees Celsius today.

Mild daytime temperatures of about 20 degrees Celsius are expected in the central and eastern regions today, while the northern regions will be warm to hot, ranging from 26 to 30 degrees Celsius.

Sandstorms

At the coast, warming is expected along the central and northern coast, where dust and sandstorms are expected by Wednesday and Thursday with temperatures between 25 and 32 degrees Celsius.

The Namibia Metrological Services warns on its website that frost is expected in the southern, central and eastern regions today and the necessary precautions should be taken.

Storms in SA

Meanwhile, the South African Weather Service on Sunday warned of a strong cold front expected to bring severe storms to the Western Cape from yesterday.

The service said current indications were that the storm could be more severe than the one that made landfall last week.

The weather service said the cold front would bring large waves, gale-force to strong gale-force winds, estimated between 65 km/h and 100 km/h, and possible flooding.

Forecasters have said that this past weekend was one of the most eventful winter weekends in Southern Africa in many years.

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