Weather & Climate – Namibia
Climate Chart Windhoek – 1,700m / 5,600ft
Mostly, Namibia has a subtropical desert climate characterized by great differences in day and nighttime temperatures, low rainfall and overall low humidity. Namibia experiences winter and summer at opposite times as Europe and North America and they correspond to the Dry and Wet seasons.
Windhoek's climate compared to Namibia's parks
Except for the temperature, the climate of Namibia’s parks is similar to Windhoek. Windhoek is located on the semi-arid central plateau at 1,700m/5,577ft, and most parks are located around 1,000m/3,280ft and lower. Temperatures increase by about 6°C for every 1,000m you descend (or 3.5°F per 1,000ft). As a result, Namibia's parks are hotter, especially those located in the desert. Rainfall is higher in the far north, including Etosha and the Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip). Further south the climate is hotter and drier.
Dry season –May to October – Winter
There is little to no rainfall during the entire winter and humidity is low. Wildlife will gather around waterholes and rivers when other water sources dry up.