Friday, December 22, 2006

Summer begins today in Namibia

The summer solstice

The same time (December 22 at 6:22 PM CST) that winter begins in the northern hemisphere, summer begins in the southern hemisphere (December 23 at 2:22 AM Namibian Daylight Time). That means that today is the longest period of daylight in Namibia for the year.

Summer in Namibia (December 23 through March 21), means the hottest daytime temperatures quite a bit of rain. Though, like anywhere, daily temperatures and rainfall vary widely.

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

Click to convert Cº to Fº

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