Namibia faces below-normal rainfall for early 2024

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The Namibia Meteorological Service has forecasted below-normal rainfall for most regions in January, except for the southwestern Namib area, where normal rainfall is expected, according to a report released on Wednesday by the service.

The report analyzes rainfall and temperature for December 2023 and provides an outlook for February to April 2024.

The report predicts that the Karas, Hardap, western Erongo and extreme western Kunene regions are likely to receive rainfall below 25 mm. Meanwhile, the Zambezi region is anticipated to experience the highest amounts, around 125 mm, during January.

Looking ahead to the period from Feb. 1 to April 30, the report indicates a continuation of suppressed rainfall. It emphasizes a high probability of below-normal rainfall during this timeframe, citing expected millimeter measurements.

The meteorological projections advise residents and stakeholders to prepare for drier conditions during these months, urging for caution and preparation due to the likelihood of reduced rainfall.

Over the years, Namibia has faced several droughts impacting agricultural activities and water resource management, leading to food insecurity. At a National Workshop on Water Security and Climate Change in the capital of Windhoek last October, it was emphasized that Namibia’s geographical and climatic characteristics make it highly vulnerable to water scarcity.

The nation’s arid conditions, coupled with erratic rainfall patterns, have left water as an exceedingly scarce resource, while the above challenges have been exacerbated by the impacts of climate change.

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