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Windhoek experiences a semi-arid climate. Annual precipitation is 362 mm (14.25 in). Wettest month is March, which receives 79 mm (3.11 in) of precipitation. July is the coldest month here, with average low temperatures of 6°C (43°F). Hottest month is December, when the average high temperature touches 30°C (86°F).
Windhoek is known in Khoekhoe as ǀAiǀǀGams, meaning “hot springs”, and in Otjiherero as Otjomuise, meaning “place of steam”. In either case, the city was traditionally named after the hot springs in the area. The area was first established by Jonker Afrikaner in 1840. He built a church and a school, which attract more people to settle.
When the British annexed Walvis Bay, the Germans reenforced their position by stationing a garrison in Windhoek. On 18 October 1890 the town of Windhoek was founded by Major Curt von François when he laid the foundation stone for a fort there. An influx of immigrants soon arrived from Germany and South Africa.
German colonial occupation came to an end during World War I. South African troops captured Windhoek in 1915 for the British Empire. After a couple of decades of stagnation, Windhoek began to grow once more after World War II. In 1990, it was chosen to be the capital of South-West Africa, and later became the capital of the Republic of Namibia.
St Mary’s Cathedral, the main church for the Roman Catholics in Windhoek
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The Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) is located some 45 km (28 mi) to the east of downtown Windhoek. It receives flights from
Places of Interest in Windhoek
Landmark Lutheran church in Windhoek.