The summer months (Dec – Feb) are hot with temperatures rarely dropping below 18°C. November is the hottest month and temperatures can reach 45°C in the shade. The winter months (Jun – Aug) are mild and sunny with night-time temperatures frequently dropping below 5°C. July is the coldest month and temperatures then can drop to -4°C. Typically there are 3 - 10 frosty days per year.

Rainfall is highly erratic and unpredictable but occurs mostly in the summer months of January to March, with an average rainfall of around 330 mm per year. Rainfall is monitored across the landscape by landscape members.

Average evaporation rates range between 3000 to 3400 mm per year.

The wind typically blows from the east and west. In the rainy season it can blow from the north which tends to bring rain. Southerly winds are unusual and typically associated with cold fronts.

Relevant literature

  • Namibia Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment

    Ministry of Environment and Tourism. 2008. Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment Namibia. Final Report

    Vulnerability and Adaptation assessment to climate change carried out in preparation of the Second National Communication in meeting Government’s obligations to the UNFCCC. The report addresses the vulnerability of the water and agricultural sectors to climate change, and suggest adaptation measures to cope with the expected impacts. Vulnerability is placed in the socio-economic contexts of rural areas, in particular the Karas and Caprivi regions.
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