Weather – Namibia
Namibia enjoys a widely varying climate. The desert areas close to the coast are often cooled by the Atlantic Ocean and are usually mild all year; the coastal strip is often covered by fog overnight, which provides life-giving water to many of the plants and animals of the desert. Further inland, conditions are often much hotter, sometimes reaching as high as 104°F in the summer season.
Seasons and Temperatures
Summer (October-April) Average interior temperatures range from 68°F -93°F during the day. Temperatures above 104°F are often recorded in the extreme north and south of the country.
During the winter months (Jun-Sep) daytime temperatures seldom reach the high 70s, and cold conditions, even down to freezing, may be experienced at night. In particular the central escarpment (Windhoek, Waterburg area) can experience cold conditions even by day during those times. A snowfall in Windhoek in winter 1996 should reinforce the need to take warm clothing at that time of the year.
The coast influenced by the cold Benguela current, boasts a relatively stable range of 59°F -77°F. Heavy fog is fairly common at night.
The rainy season is from October – April. The average annual rainfall varies from less than 1.96” along the coast to 13.7” in the central interior and 27.5” in the Caprivi.
Within the rainy season there are two seasons.. The ‘light’ rains sometimes fall between October and December; heavier rains can fall between January and April.
The sporadic rains do not affect road travel significantly, however, tourists should exercise caution when crossing or camping in riverbeds during the rainy season, as flash foods are a common occurrence.
Humidity is generally very low in most parts of Namibia, but can reach as high as 80% in the extreme north during summer.
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