Cold to hit Namibia Thursday

07 Jun 2017 18:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 07 JUN (NAMPA) – Very cold and windy conditions can be expected over the south and east of the country on Thursday, the Namibia Meteorological Service (NMS) said in a forecast on Wednesday.
These parts already started experiencing a drop in temperatures coupled by winds late Tuesday night, while places like Aus in the extreme south received some rain.
Minimum temperatures of zero degrees Celsius are predicted for Aroab, Aus, Karasburg and Noordoewer in the //Kharas Region.
Other places expected to be cold with temperatures ranging between 1 and 2 degrees are Keetmanshoop, Gobabis, Aranos and Grootfontein.
Temperatures in Maltahöhe and Mariental in the Hardap Region will drop to 4 degrees, while Windhoek and Rehoboth in central Namibia will experience a chill of 5 degrees at both places.
NMS forecaster Sieglinde Somses told Nampa the current cold front will likely break by Saturday, only to be followed by another one starting Sunday.
Though winter is in full swing, Namibia is not likely to feel the severe storms currently hammering the Western Cape in neighbouring South Africa, according to Somses.
She, however, urged Namibians to keep tuning in to national television and radio networks for weather updates as precaution.
By Wednesday afternoon, at least eight people were reported to have died amid the heavy storms in South Africa. Four of the victims reportedly died in a fire caused by lightning while a pensioner is said to have been killed after a house collapsed on him.
The storm, which follows a severe drought in that region, is described as the worst in 30 years.