Heat wave hits the coast

Day temperatures hit 40°C+ mark

12 April 2021 | Weather

Swakopmund • [email protected]



The weather bureau has warned of windy and very hot conditions and sandstorms along the coast and in the desert.

“The most important thing is to drink enough water. You can't overemphasize this during the heat wave,” said Aubrey Oosthuizen of the West Coast Safety Initiative (WCSI).

He advises coastal residents to limit activities in the blazing sun between 12:00 and 16:00. “The heat and high humidity dehydrate the body quickly,” he adds.

Furthermore, Oosthuizen urges motorists, especially on the main roads, to be extra vigilant.

Since Saturday, residents of all coastal towns have reported temperatures of more than 40°C; in exceptional cases 45°C and higher were recorded.

For Tuesday, the weather bureau predicted expected temperatures of up to 41°C in Henties Bay and Walvis Bay, and 40°C in Swakopmund.

However, the south of Namibia will not spared, as 37°C is forecast for Lüderitz and Oranjemund.

Weather expert Mike Berridge calculates an average dust density of 600µg (micrograms) per cubic meter. “But some areas can record up to 800µg/m³, especially north of Swakopmund,” he said.

According to the weather bureau, the easterly wind conditions are expected to last until at least Thursday, reaching a peak on Wednesday with wind speeds of up to 25 knots (46 km/h) expected in Swakopmund.

Thanks to the east weather, some showers are expected in the rest of the country.

According to the weather bureau, the extreme north can still expect isolated thunderstorms, while Kobus Botha’s weather service predicts rain in the far south on Saturday.

Speaking of showers, the weather bureau has released a review of rainfall in March.

The month began with a “worrying dry spell” in the first ten days, followed by some welcome showers.

During the month there were good rains in the northwest and in the northern areas of the Omaheke region.

“Heavy showers over a short period meant that an average rainfall was recorded in the Kunene region. However, the effects of the drought will still be felt for many years to come,” the bureau said.

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