Rains are here

The rainy season has started early but dry weather is expected later in the season.

01 October 2018 | Weather

The first rains of the season have begun early, with more isolated thundershowers expected today in the central and southern parts of the country following a weekend of cloudy and rainy weather in other parts of the country.

Namibia Meteorological Service forecaster Richard Nashikaku told Namibian Sun on Friday that there are signs the rains have started early, though rainfall could taper off by the end of the season.

“The rains are coming and it looks like we are getting early rains. It's starting off strong,” Nashikaku said.

During the three-month period October to December 2018, normal to below-normal rainfall is expected over most of the country. For the period of January to March 2019, below-normal to normal rain is projected, a recent regional weather forecast found.

The statement also noted that El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) conditions continued to be neutral in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean during the month of August 2018, and that most global climate models project weak El Niño to develop during September to December 2018 and remaining through December 2018 to March 2019.

For today, the weather outlook anticipates thundershowers over most parts of the Khomas and Omaheke regions, in addition to thundershowers over the eastern Hardap and //Karas regions.

Partly cloudy conditions are expected over most other parts of the country, while over the coast partly cloudy or foggy and cool conditions are expected.

For Saturday, the forecasts showed a high likelihood of thundershowers over the Khomas Region and the eastern parts of the country, while very hot conditions were expected to persist over the northern parts of the country.

East wind conditions were expected to set in over the coastal areas, but would make way for fine and cooler weather on Sunday.

On Friday, Nashikaku said Sunday's weather expectations included fine weather of the south-west, while the rest of the interior including the north-central, south-eastern and Zambezi areas could expect partly cloudy weather with a few isolated thundershowers.











JANA-MARI SMITH

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