Photographer's Note

Namibia is still under the influence of La Niña and heavy rain is still almost a daily occurence. (La Niña is a cooling of the surface water in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and is an event that has an effect on rainfall patterns in southern Africa. It is the opposite of the El Niño phenomenon, which is associated with drier than normal rainy seasons in most of southern Africa).
This year Gobabeb (the desert research centre) has had 90mm of rain compared to the last year's 8mm and Windhoek has had 900mm compared to the average 300mm.

Namibia is the most arid country south of the Sahara.
On the whole there are two seasons: sub-tropical dry winters May to September with temperatures from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius; and hot summers with easterly trade winds, which carry moisture-laden air masses from the warm Mozambique current to the east coast of Africa with temperatures between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius (October to April).

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