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Winter starts with rain, frost, hail and snow

Winter starts with rain, frost, hail and snow

Ashley Nyambe

TUESDAY marked the official (astronomical) start of winter, better known as the Winter Solstice – and this day came with winter rains, frost, hail and even snow in certain parts of Namibia.

As predicted by Namibia Meteorological Services last week, the south was the lucky recipient of snow this week. Farm Barbie, in particular, which is near Helmeringhausen in the //Kharas region, received snow on Tuesday. A video showing this rare occurrence was shared on Informanté’s Facebook page earlier.

To further document the frosty reality of this winter season, many people also shared photos of frozen birdbaths, frozen vegetables as well as frost-covered windows, windscreens and cars on social media. These photos were reportedly taken from various places in the country, including Windhoek, Brakwater, Kappsfarm and Farm Helenenhof.

Namibia Airports Company Limited also shared a photo of a frost-covered aeroplane, with the caption: “It’s freezing and raining at our airports. Take the necessary precautions and keep warm”.

While these conditions have already stunned many, Namibia Meteorological Services’ latest predictions suggest that Namibians ought to brace themselves for more frosty conditions this week. This prediction is particularly relevant for those who find themselves in the Khomas, Otjozondjupa, Hardap and Omaheke regions on Wednesday.

Namibia Meteorological Services also predicted that rain showers and thundershowers will also persist in the southern regions and southern coast on Wednesday. Many places in these regions have already received significant rainfall at this point – and this, too, can be witnessed on social media. Videos and photos of Oranjemund, for instance, made the rounds on Facebook, showing the southern town not only receiving considerable rainfall but also hail this week.

The Namib Desert also received rain this week, which is somewhat of an infrequent occurrence. This can be viewed on the Gondwana Collection’s YouTube live stream, NamibiaCam.

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