By Jana-Mari Smith
The rain is finally here – albeit only in scattered northern, north-eastern patches.
The tropical moisture swirling above Namibia’s northern, northeastern and central eastern regions has led to the first rains pounding the dry, thirsty ground at the start of the 2012 October – December rainy season.
Namibia Meteorological Service forecaster Olga Tjiueza said that until Monday, thundershowers will bring relief from the heat – but only in the northern parts of Namibia, including the Caprivi, Kavango, Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshana and Oshikoto regions.
Moreover, thundershowers are expected in the central-eastern areas at Gobabis and the surrounds.
Already, up to 10 mm or more have been measured in some parts of the country. The rest of the interior, including the southern and central parts, will remain dry and hot to very hot with partial cloud cover.
As for when the rains will finally move into Namibia’s interior, one can only speculate for the moment. But the hope is that within the next few weeks, November rains should hopefully cool down the hot conditions.
In the meantime, veld fires continue to spread in many parts of Namibia, most a result of the very dry conditions and human negligience.
According to the Meteorological services these are the tidal times and the sunset and sunrise times for October 26:
Tides at Walvis Bay L: 06H27 H:12H50 L: 19H04
Sunrise in Windhoek: 06H13 Sunset in Windhoek: 19H01