Rehoboth and Keetmanshop receive good rains for Christmas

25 Dec 2013 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 25 DEC (NAMPA) – Most parts of Namibia received good rains on Christmas Eve, with the heaviest showers falling in the southern regions of Hardap and //Karas.
According to figures released by the Namibia Meteorological Services (NMS) on Wednesday, the town of Rehoboth in the Hardap Region and the Keetmanshoop Airport in the //Karas Region recorded the highest amount of rainfall of 92.4 millimetres (mm) and 70.8 mm, respectively on Tuesday.
Aroab and Aranos also recorded some good rains of nearly 23 mm and 16 mm, respectively.
NMS Chief Hydrologist, Pauline Mufeti said the water levels of some perennial rivers have risen tremendously due to the heavy rains that fell in the last couple of weeks.
She said the Zambezi catchment has caused an increase in the Zambezi River as recorded at Katima Mulilo, and other perennial rivers such as the Kavango and Kongola have also recorded above normal levels when compared to recordings taken this same time in past years.
The Zambezi River recorded a water level of 0.94 metres. Its normal water level for this time of the year is 0.74 metres.
The Kwando River in the Kongola area recorded a water level of 2.95 metres, compared to the normal level of 2.27 metres.
The Kavango River in the Rundu area recorded a water level of 4.94 metres, compared to a normal level of 4.34 metres.
Places which recorded less than 10 millimetres of rain were Hosea Kutako International Airport with 8.0 mm, Okongo with 7.1 mm, Gobabis 6.6 mm and Windhoek city with 3.6 mm.