Climate zone: tropics
With a yearly average of 27 °C the climate in Angola ist warm, but has only a few really tropical and sticky months. It is warm to hot all year round and invites to bathe at average water temperatures of 24 degrees. Dued to the lesser rain the best time for traveling is from May to October. The most rain days occur from from January to November.
› Duration of daylight and sunshine in Angola
hours of sunshine per day rainy days per month Precipitation in mm/day Relative humidity in % Water temperature Absolute humidity in g/m³ (approx.)
Temperature records of the last 70 years
The hottest temperature measured from 1949 to September 2019 was reported by the Luanda weather station. In April 2016 the record temperature of 35.6 °C was reported here. The hottest summer from July to September, based on all 16 weather stations in Angola below 1710 metres altitude, was recorded in 1999 with an average temperature of 29.0 °C. This average temperature will normally be measured every 4 to 6 hours, thus also including the nights. Normally, this value is 19.7 degrees Celsius.
The coldest day in these 70 years was reported by the weather station Luanda. Here the temperature dropped to 16.0 °C in August 2013. Luanda lies at an altitude of 74 meters above sea level. The coldest winter (January to March) was in 1971 with an average temperature of 21.6 °C. In Angola, it is usual to have about 1.4 degrees more at 23.0 °C for this three-month period.
Long-term development of temperatures from 1949 - 1974
In contrast to single record values, a long-term development cannot simply be brought about by all weather stations in the country. Both the number and the locations are constantly changing. A simply calculated average value would give a falsified result. If several measuring stations in particularly cold mountain or coastal regions are added in one year, the average would already decrease as a result of this alone. If a station fails during the summer or winter months, it does not provide any values and falsifies the average again. The subsequent long-term development was therefore reduced to only 3 measuring points in order to have actually comparable data over as long a period as possible.
In the years 1949 to 1974 there were only these 3 weather stations in the whole country, which reported continuous temperature values (Luanda, Luena, Huambo). From these weather reports we have created a long-term development that shows the monthly average temperatures. The hottest month in this entire period was Januar 1952 with 23.7 °C. Juli 1954 was the coldest month with an average temperature of 17.3 °C.
The average annual temperature was about 21.5 °C in the years after 1949 and about 21.1 °C in the last years before 1974. So it has dropped by about 0.4 °C. This trend only applies to the selected 3 weather stations in Angola. A considerably more comprehensive evaluation of the global warming
has been provided separately.
More detailed information on global warming with a view by continent can also be found on our topic page on climate change