Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Winter starts in Namibia

Winter solstice

As in most parts of the world, Namibia feels winter well before the official first day of winter. Today is the shortest day of the year lasting only 10 hours 45 minutes (in Windhoek). There have been no reports of rain, storms or floods like there were in January. June, July and August are the coolest and driest months of the year in Namibia. Amy reports that she has not seen any rain for a month or more and probably won't see any until September. Without much humidity, the nights get very cool and Amy recently bought a space heater as temperatures get down into the 30's and 40's. Without insulation or windows, it gets cold at night. Daytime temperatures can get into the 80's but 60's and 70's are more common.

Namibian Climate

  • Namibia has a dry climate typical of a semi-desert country, where droughts are a regular occurrence.

  • Days are generally warm to very hot, while nights are generally cool.

  • Midsummer temperature can rise to over 40ºC (104ºF)

  • Winter days are warm but dawn temperatures can drop to freezing.

  • Along the coast the cold Benguela current is also the prime determinant of the climate of the Namib, as it reduces rainfall and causes the omnipresent fog typical of the coast.

  • The rainy season lasts from October to April. The rest of the year is dry and cloudless.


namibia climate chart

All areas of Namibia average more than 300 days of sunshine a year!

Click to convert mm to inches

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