Rain to remain for the week

OVERFLOWING … The Ruacana Hydro Power Station has been operating at full load for the past week. The power utility says this is due to the significant rainfall in the central and upper parts of the Kunene River catchment in Angola, which started in March, and lasted until the beginning of this month. The hydro power station, located in the Kunene region has a capacity of 347 megawatts. Photo: Nampower

Namibia Meteorological Service chief forecaster Odillo Kgobetsi says more rain is expected throughout the week.

He says some tropical moisture is expected to drift in from the north-west over the central-northern part of the country and further to the eastern part of the country.

Kgobetsi says showers and thunder showers are expected for today and later during the week.

“We should expect some thunder showers to remain. A bit of dryness over the extreme and north-eastern parts of the country is expected – that’s over the Zambezi, where we are experiencing a few clouds, as well as over the south-western extreme part of Namibia,” he says.

He says the country should expect more storms by the end of the week to spread further over the southern part of the country.

Kgobetsi yesterday said Windheok received 38,9mm rain on Monday evening, while Okondjatu received 58mm, Bergvlug 31mm, and Tweerivier 10mm.

Temperatures over the interior will be in the lower 30s over the north-central as well as over the eastern parts of the country.

“In the extreme southern part, we should expect some warmer temperatures of about 28/29 degrees Celsius,” Kgobetsi said.

Meanwhile, NamPower has announced it has been able to meet over 95% of the country’s electricity demand since 11 April.

According to a statement issued by NamPower on social media, the power utility has been generating electricity at full load since then, thanks to the good rains received last month.

“The water from this good rains reached the Ruacana Hydropower Station last week, and as a result the sluice gates were opened on 11 April,” the statement reads.

The statement says the current status is expected to continue for the remainder of April.

This news comes after significant rainfall was reported in the central and upper parts of the Kunene River catchment in Angola, which helped raise water levels at the power station.

“The last time Ruacana was this active was April 2022,” the statement says.

NamPower has electricity supply contracts with three countries – South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

These are uninterrupted supplies subject to agreed measures stipulated in the respective power purchase agreements in view of ensuring security of supply to the country, which still imports over 70% of its electricity demand.

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