The dry winter months (July to September) are a good time to travel the desert country. Daytime temperatures rarely sink below 20 degrees Celsius. However, on the interior plateau and in the Namib desert nightfrosts can occur.
The summer months are very hot. Then Namibians like to travel to the pleasantly cool coast, especially to Swakopmund. There the frequent seafogs usually dissolve at midday.
One can cope with the summer temperatures in Windhoek quite well because of the altitude (1650 m) of the city. However, the Namib desert should be avoided in summer when temperatures often rise above 40 degrees Celsius. The same applies to the tropically humid north-eastern part of Namibia.
Top: Dramatic sky after a heavy thunderstorm activity in central Namibia (Rehoboth). Left: After heavy rains, the dry riverbeds can become rapidly flowing rivers.
Climate in Namibia
With 300 sunny days per year, Namibia is definitely a sunny country. Rainfalls can be expected as heavy thunderstorms exclusively in the summermonths (November to February). The dry riverbeds, in Namibia called "riviere", then become rapid torrents for a short while and the burnt-out land turns green within a few days.
It is good travelling in Namibia throughout the year, but the best time are the months from April to June. Then the temperature during the day lies at about 25 degrees, the sky is always blue and the nights are cool enough for a good sleep.