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Above normal rainfall expected

Above normal rainfall expected

Niël Terblanché

NAMIBIANS from all walks of life are expecting a good rainy season after good rains fell over large parts of the country since the start of the weekend.


In the central northern areas of the country, as much as 83 millimetres of rain was measured at places like Rietfontein between Grootfontein and Otavi.


The rain fell during Thursday night and when farmers in the area checked their metres on Friday morning, they were delighted with the results.


Further north towards the Okavango and Zambezi rivers, less rain fell but the result was still measurable.


Officially less than three millimetres fell at places like Rundu in the Kavango East Region, but further to the east in Katima Mulio, the numbers rose to just under 20 millimetres.



Towards the northwest, good rains fell in places like Ogongo and Omuthiya.


The rain that fell over parts of the North varied between five and 12 millimetres.


Farmers in the Omhaheke Region also reported good rains, where up to 22 millimetres were measured at places like Gobabis.


Residents of Windhoek and the satellite residential areas of the Capital also reported good rains.


Numbers in and around the Capital varied between one and ten millimetres.


Good rains were also reported by residents of Okahandja.


Further to the south, farmers in the area of Gochas and Aranos were also delighted with rain early in the season.



Sakaria Gumede Kandenge, a resident of the North, said rain early in the season is called Ontemuna Mvula.


“It simply means the rainy season has arrived and that work to get mahangu crops into the ground will start soon,” Kandenge said in a Facebook post.


Meanwhile, a combined report by various weather services in the Southern Africa Development Region indicate that the prospect of above-normal rainfall for large parts of Africa south of the Equator is above normal.


Combined weather models from the SADC indicate that the bulk of the region is likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the period October to December 2020.


Although the forecast for Namibia is normal to below normal, good rains already fell and compared to the previous season and year, the numbers are already increasing and are expected to improve.


According to the joint report by the SADC, the January to March 2021 period is expected to have normal to above-normal rainfall for the entire region.


The long-term mean rainfall for October-November-December increases from Southwest to Northeast over contiguous SADC in either case.


Over Madagascar, the rains will increase from west to east, while the rains are more uniformly distributed in Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles.


The November- December-January long-term mean total rainfall is expected to be above 500 millimetres over much of Malawi, Zambia, Angola, the southern half of DRC, central and Northern Mozambique, as well as Mauritius, Madagascar and Seychelles.


The remainder of the region will receive rainfall less than 400 millimetres, gradually decreasing South-westwards to Southwest of South Africa and Namibia, where the mean rainfall will be below 100 millimetres.


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