09 Jan 2018 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 09 JAN (NAMPA) The Namibia Meteorological Service (NMS) has assured farmers of rain in the coming days.
In an interview with Nampa Tuesday, NMSs Chief Technician for Climate and Databank, Simon Dirkse said light to moderate rain should be expected over the entire country, except the Zambezi Region.
Dirkse emphasised that as it was estimated last year, Namibia should be expecting average rain for the first quarter of 2018, ending April.
Because of the first week of January without rain, we cannot say the forecast is wrong as it was only seven days that the forecast did not perform as per our estimation, Dirkse contended.
He explained that the lack of rain in the first week of January, which worried farmers, was attributed to the development of the tropical cyclone over Madagascar.
The tropical cyclone sucks the bulk of moisture, as a result there was little moisture for Namibia, hence the light shower during the end of December last year and nothing in the first week of January, said Dirkse.
He noted that the tropical cyclone has currently weakened and is moving away from Madagascar in the south east, which is favourable for Namibia as there will be rain.
Dirkse further noted that for the past few days temporal rain distribution has not been encouraging.
The rains have been selective over the past few days that rained, as some farmers in the same areas did not receive rain as others, he said.
Dirkse however, assured farmers to stay focused as there will be rain soon.