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Keetmanshoop

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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)
Country  Namibia
Region ǁKaras Region
Constituency Keetmanshoop Urban
Established 14 April 1866
Area
 • Total 202.4515 sq mi (524.3469 km2)
 • Land 202.4515 sq mi (524.3469 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total 20,977
 • Ethnicities density 103.6/sq mi (40/km2)
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Climate BWh

Keetmanshoop is a city 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.

Geography

Climate

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. 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.

Keetmans
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)
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
Average high °C (°F) 34.8
(94.6)
34.0
(93.2)
32.2
(90)
28.8
(83.8)
25.0
(77)
21.7
(71.1)
21.3
(70.3)
23.5
(74.3)
27.2
(81)
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)
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)
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)
-17.8
Precipitation mm (inches) 24
(0.94)
42
(1.65)
36
(1.42)
15
(0.59)
5
(0.2)
2
(0.08)
1
(0.04)
1
(0.04)
3
(0.12)
6
(0.24)
11
(0.43)
13
(0.51)
159
(6.26)
Humidity 28 36 40 40 38 39 36 31 27 24 24 25 32.3
Sunshine hours 353 300 312 306 304 287 305 323 319 343 348 370 3,870
Source #1: Tabulation of Climate Statistics for Selected Stations in Namibia
Source #2: en.tutiempo

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