May 14, 2007
RECORD TEMPERATURES at the coast soared at the weekend, as the dreaded annual east-wind conditions set in. The mercury at Swakopmund shot up to 42.3 degrees Celsius on Friday. This may well be the highest maximum temperature officially recorded at the coast. There were only 12 days since April 1994 when temperatures rose above 40 degrees. The last record reading was 42 degrees, and that was measured in April 1999. According to these statistics, it could be safe to assume that Friday's maximum temperature was in fact the HIGHEST THE CENTRAL COASTAL AREA HAS EVER EXPERIENCED. It is the start of winter, even though it felt and looked like summertime at the coast this weekend.
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