Kit surfers braved southerly wind

While the unprecedented, strong southerly wind experienced this week at the central coast was a headache for most residents, it was a blessing for a few adrenalin junkies. As windspeeds exceeded 20 knots and gusts up to 40 knots were measured in Swakopmund, a few kite surfers braved the unknown at the so-called Tiger Reef (photo).

As windspeeds picked up more during the late afternoons visibility on various coastal roads was severely affected. Sand dunes formed on some roads and in street corners in town. The strong south/southwesterly wind continued yesterday and was predicted to subside as from today (Friday) onwards.
There was no serious damage caused by the wind in Swakopmund. Many residents will most likely spend the weekend cleaning their homes.
While the coast received extreme winds, Namibians in the interior of the country experienced cold weather, with temperatures as low as 6°C recorded for Keetmanshoop and Noordoewer and even 4°C for Aus and Karasburg.
The Namibian Meteorological Service cautioned Namibians that cold and windy conditions will persist in the south, east and over the central highland, with 8°C predicted for the capital.

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