Tennis-sized hail and +43,9°C in South Africa, Namibia +43,2°C and Tanzania +34,8°C above 1000 MASL

Already in the last article, we have warned before severe heatwaves and hailstorms in southern-African states /

While in early November 2021, +45,5°C in Mozambique was the hottest temperature in Southern Hemisphere measured so early in the season, the last days brought the next interesting observations from southern-African countries.

Vioolsdrif, northwestern South Africa reported on 16. November 2021 +43,9°C and extremely hot was in other parts of SAR, too, including mountainous regions – around 1500 MASL above +35°C (Tweets at the end of article).

Mariental in Namibia (1100 MASL) reported on 11. November 2021 hot +43,2°C, almost record temperature for the city.

In Songea, Tanzania, 1067 MASL, +34,8°C was on the same day measured – it´s all-time record for the city!

While early-November hailstorms killed 450 ostriches in South-African farm, the next severe hailstorm appeared in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

Tennis-ball-sized hail was destroying everything, with widespread damages on the property.

Multicell storm system hit partially the Maputo region, Mozambique, and neighboring parts of Zimbabwe and Botswana, the worst situation was in neighboring parts of South Africa with Mozambique.

Negative IOD is bringing calmer cyclone season and stronger heatwaves and storm systems above the region and this trend is forecasted minimally until January 2022.

During the second half of summer season 2021/2022, positive IOD is predicted, which should mean more cyclones, colder weather, and heavy rainfall with floods mainly for eastern parts of south-African states, Madagascar, and islands in the Indian Ocean.

Summer (Winter) 2021/2022 forecast for Africa you will find here:

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