Namibia climate guide

Temperature in Namibia (°C)

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max temperature (daytime)
30°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Namibia (Windhoek)30
29°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Namibia (Windhoek)29
27°C maximum daytime temperature in March in Namibia (Windhoek)27
26°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Namibia (Windhoek)26
23°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Namibia (Windhoek)23
20°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Namibia (Windhoek)20
21°C maximum daytime temperature in July in Namibia (Windhoek)21
23°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Namibia (Windhoek)23
27°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Namibia (Windhoek)27
29°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Namibia (Windhoek)29
30°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Namibia (Windhoek)30
31°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Namibia (Windhoek)31
Min temperature (night-time)
17°C minimum night-time temperature in January in Namibia (Windhoek)17
17°C minimum night-time temperature in February in Namibia (Windhoek)17
16°C minimum night-time temperature in March in Namibia (Windhoek)16
13°C minimum night-time temperature in April in Namibia (Windhoek)13
9°C minimum night-time temperature in May in Namibia (Windhoek)9
7°C minimum night-time temperature in June in Namibia (Windhoek)7
6°C minimum night-time temperature in July in Namibia (Windhoek)6
8°C minimum night-time temperature in August in Namibia (Windhoek)8
12°C minimum night-time temperature in September in Namibia (Windhoek)12
14°C minimum night-time temperature in October in Namibia (Windhoek)14
16°C minimum night-time temperature in November in Namibia (Windhoek)16
17°C minimum night-time temperature in December in Namibia (Windhoek)17

Sunshine & Daylight in Namibia

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily hours of sunshine
9 hours of sunshine per day (65% of daylight hours) in January in Namibia9
9 hours of sunshine per day (66% of daylight hours) in February in Namibia9
8 hours of sunshine per day (66% of daylight hours) in March in Namibia8
9 hours of sunshine per day (80% of daylight hours) in April in Namibia9
10 hours of sunshine per day (91% of daylight hours) in May in Namibia10
10 hours of sunshine per day (92% of daylight hours) in June in Namibia10
10 hours of sunshine per day (94% of daylight hours) in July in Namibia10
11 hours of sunshine per day (94% of daylight hours) in August in Namibia11
11 hours of sunshine per day (88% of daylight hours) in September in Namibia11
10 hours of sunshine per day (80% of daylight hours) in October in Namibia10
10 hours of sunshine per day (76% of daylight hours) in November in Namibia10
10 hours of sunshine per day (74% of daylight hours) in December in Namibia10
Daily hours of daylight
13 hours of daylight per day in January in Namibia (Windhoek)13
13 hours of daylight per day in February in Namibia (Windhoek)13
12 hours of daylight per day in March in Namibia (Windhoek)12
12 hours of daylight per day in April in Namibia (Windhoek)12
11 hours of daylight per day in May in Namibia (Windhoek)11
11 hours of daylight per day in June in Namibia (Windhoek)11
11 hours of daylight per day in July in Namibia (Windhoek)11
11 hours of daylight per day in August in Namibia (Windhoek)11
12 hours of daylight per day in September in Namibia (Windhoek)12
13 hours of daylight per day in October in Namibia (Windhoek)13
13 hours of daylight per day in November in Namibia (Windhoek)13
13 hours of daylight per day in December in Namibia (Windhoek)13

Rainfall in Namibia

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Number of days with some rain
13 days with some rainfall in January in Namibia (Windhoek)13
12 days with some rainfall in February in Namibia (Windhoek)12
11 days with some rainfall in March in Namibia (Windhoek)11
6 days with some rainfall in April in Namibia (Windhoek)6
3 days with some rainfall in May in Namibia (Windhoek)3
1 day with some rainfall in June in Namibia (Windhoek)1
1 day with some rainfall in July in Namibia (Windhoek)1
1 day with some rainfall in August in Namibia (Windhoek)1
2 days with some rainfall in September in Namibia (Windhoek)2
3 days with some rainfall in October in Namibia (Windhoek)3
6 days with some rainfall in November in Namibia (Windhoek)6
7 days with some rainfall in December in Namibia (Windhoek)7
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
73 mm monthly rainfall in January in Namibia (Windhoek)73
85 mm monthly rainfall in February in Namibia (Windhoek)85
85 mm monthly rainfall in March in Namibia (Windhoek)85
33 mm monthly rainfall in April in Namibia (Windhoek)33
6 mm monthly rainfall in May in Namibia (Windhoek)6
1 mm monthly rainfall in June in Namibia (Windhoek)1
1 mm monthly rainfall in July in Namibia (Windhoek)1
1 mm monthly rainfall in August in Namibia (Windhoek)1
3 mm monthly rainfall in September in Namibia (Windhoek)3
12 mm monthly rainfall in October in Namibia (Windhoek)12
25 mm monthly rainfall in November in Namibia (Windhoek)25
34 mm monthly rainfall in December in Namibia (Windhoek)34

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  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
UV Index (Maximum)
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in January in Namibia (Windhoek)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in February in Namibia (Windhoek)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in March in Namibia (Windhoek)11
UV (maximum) index 10 (Very High) in April in Namibia (Windhoek)10
UV (maximum) index 7 (High) in May in Namibia (Windhoek)7
UV (maximum) index 6 (High) in June in Namibia (Windhoek)6
UV (maximum) index 6 (High) in July in Namibia (Windhoek)6
UV (maximum) index 8 (Very High) in August in Namibia (Windhoek)8
UV (maximum) index 10 (Very High) in September in Namibia (Windhoek)10
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in October in Namibia (Windhoek)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in November in Namibia (Windhoek)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in December in Namibia (Windhoek)11
Heat & Humidity
Moderate heat & humidity in January in Namibia (Windhoek)M
Moderate heat & humidity in February in Namibia (Windhoek)M
Low heat & humidity in March in Namibia (Windhoek)L
Low heat & humidity in April in Namibia (Windhoek)L
No heat & humidity in May in Namibia (Windhoek)0
No heat & humidity in June in Namibia (Windhoek)0
No heat & humidity in July in Namibia (Windhoek)0
No heat & humidity in August in Namibia (Windhoek)0
Low heat & humidity in September in Namibia (Windhoek)L
Moderate heat & humidity in October in Namibia (Windhoek)M
Moderate heat & humidity in November in Namibia (Windhoek)M
Moderate heat & humidity in December in Namibia (Windhoek)M

Note: 0 = None, L = Low, M = Moderate, H = High, VH = Very high, E = Extreme

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The climate guide for Namibia, represented by Windhoek, shows long term monthly weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia), the Met Office & the Netherlands Meteorological Institute. Find out more about our data sources.

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Namibia climate overview

Namibia is a sparsely populated country in southwest Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean to the north of South Africa. Once a German colony, the country still displays remnants of its colonial past in the architecture of its capital, Windhoek.

There is a great variety of landscapes within Namibia, but whether mountainous or flat the dominant feature is desert. This is because the Benguela current that flows north along the Atlantic coast is so cold that water rarely evaporates off the sea to fall as rain on land.

The only moisture that makes it ashore is the spring and summer sea-fogs that shroud the coast during most mornings and extend a long way inland. Coastal daytime temperatures are warm in the summer months from November to April, and comfortable during winter from June to September.

The coast itself is sparsely populated with just a handful of towns such as Luderitz and Swakopmund, bizarrely surrounded by sea on one side and sand dunes on the other. About 100 miles north of Swakopmund lies the famous 'Skeleton Coast' named after the rusting hulls of ships and the bones of dead whales that litter the beaches.

Further inland, the landscape rises to a central plateau bordered by an escarpment of rugged mountains running north-south, which contain the spectacular Fish River canyon in the south and the red cliffs of the Etosha National Park in the north.

The plateau itself has a semi-arid, stony landscape supporting little more than scrubby vegetation. The southern end of the plateau gives way to the Kalahari Desert that stretches into neighbouring Botswana and South Africa.

The central plateau experiences mostly dry and sunny winters with comfortable to warm daytime temperatures. Due to the high altitude in winter it can become cold at night and frost is not uncommon. Summer rains are light, falling between November and April, and mostly during the afternoons when temperatures are at their highest.

The northeast is home to the Kavango and Caprivi regions where grassy savannah, dense woodland, and the Okavango River contrast with the dryness of the rest of the country. Here there is a reliable summer rainy season that runs from November to April, enabling farmers in some areas to grow crops of millet, maize and vegetables. By contrast in winter virtually no rain falls.

Although most of Namibia is desert, its relative southerly location and high elevation above sea level creates a pleasant climate. Extremes of heat are uncommon. It can however become quite windy especially along the coast in summer, and particularly in the south.

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