Keetmanshoop

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Keetmanshoop

ǂNuǂgoaes

Swartmodder
City
Keetmanshoop church
Keetmanshoop church
Coat of arms of Keetmanshoop
Coat of arms
Motto(s): 
Laborando vincimus
Aerial view of Keetmanshoop (2017)
Aerial view of Keetmanshoop (2017)
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Coordinates: 26°34′43″S 18°8′0″E / 26.57861°S 18.13333°E / -26.57861; 18.13333Coordinates: 26°34′43″S 18°8′0″E / 26.57861°S 18.13333°E / -26.57861; 18.13333
Country Namibia
RegionǁKaras Region
ConstituencyKeetmanshoop Urban
Established14 April 1866
Government
 • MayorGaudentia Kröhne
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total20,977
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
ClimateBWh

Keetmanshoop is a city[2] in the Karas Region of southern Namibia, lying on the Trans-Namib Railway from Windhoek to Upington in South Africa. It is named after Johann Keetman, a German industrialist and benefactor of the city.

The town is situated in a semi-arid area, normally receiving an annual average rainfall of only 159 millimetres (6.3 in), although in 1977 344.7 millimetres (13.57 in) was measured.[3]

Geography[change | change source]

Climate[change | change source]

Keetmanshoop has a hot desert climate (Köppen climate classification BWh), with long, very hot summers and mild to warm winters. The annual average rainfall is only 159 mm (6 in). Keetmanshoop is one of the sunniest places year-round on the planet with a mean sunshine duration over 3,870 h yearly or 10.7 sunny hours daily or well above 87% of the time.[4][5] The annual mean temperature is 21.1 °C (70.0 °F) with a mean annual high of 28.8 °C (83.8 °F) and a low of 13.3 °C (55.9 °F). The climate is characterized by sunshine and dryness as well as moderate heat all year long.

A monument in Keetmanshoop, Namibia

The highest temperature yet recorded in Keetmanshoop was 42.8°C (109.0°F) on 8 & 9 January 2012 and the coldest was -2.7°C (27.1°F) on 18 July 1989.

Climate data for Keetmanshoop
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 42.8
(109.0)
42.0
(107.6)
40.1
(104.2)
37.4
(99.3)
33.0
(91.4)
31.6
(88.9)
30.5
(86.9)
34.2
(93.6)
38.0
(100.4)
40.7
(105.3)
41.4
(106.5)
42.3
(108.1)
42.8
(109.0)
Average high °C (°F) 34.8
(94.6)
34.0
(93.2)
32.2
(90.0)
28.8
(83.8)
25.0
(77.0)
21.7
(71.1)
21.3
(70.3)
23.5
(74.3)
27.2
(81.0)
30.1
(86.2)
32.4
(90.3)
34.5
(94.1)
28.8
(83.8)
Average low °C (°F) 19.0
(66.2)
19.3
(66.7)
17.8
(64.0)
14.4
(57.9)
10.4
(50.7)
7.0
(44.6)
6.4
(43.5)
7.5
(45.5)
10.7
(51.3)
13.7
(56.7)
15.7
(60.3)
17.6
(63.7)
13.3
(55.9)
Record low °C (°F) 15.1
(59.2)
11.1
(52.0)
3.5
(38.3)
4.0
(39.2)
1.2
(34.2)
−2.0
(28.4)
−2.7
(27.1)
−1.0
(30.2)
−1.6
(29.1)
5.5
(41.9)
8.0
(46.4)
9.0
(48.2)
−2.7
(27.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 24
(0.9)
42
(1.7)
36
(1.4)
15
(0.6)
5
(0.2)
2
(0.1)
1
(0.0)
1
(0.0)
3
(0.1)
6
(0.2)
11
(0.4)
13
(0.5)
159
(6.1)
Average relative humidity (%) 28 36 40 40 38 39 36 31 27 24 24 25 32
Mean monthly sunshine hours 353 300 312 306 304 287 305 323 319 343 348 370 3,870
Percent possible sunshine 84 82 82 89 91 91 93 93 89 87 86 86 88
Source #1: Tabulation of Climate Statistics for Selected Stations in Namibia
Source #2: en.tutiempo[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Table 4.2.2 Urban population by Census years (2001 and 2011)" (PDF). Namibia 2011 - Population and Housing Census Main Report. Namibia Statistics Agency. p. 39. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  2. "Local Authorities". Association of Local Authorities in Namibia (ALAN). Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  3. "en.tutiempo". 16 Dec 2018.
  4. Thomas, David; Shaw, Paul A (1991). The Kalahari Environment. Cambridge University Press. p. 93. ISBN 0521370809.
  5. Rudloff (1988). World Climates. University of Michigan. p. 438. ISBN 380470509X.
  6. S.L, Tutiempo Network. "Climate Keetmanshoop - Climate data (683120)". www.tutiempo.net.

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