The climate in Angola

Average daytime and nighttime temperatures

All climatic diagrams of this page are taken from the collected data from 6 measuring stations in Angola.
Weather stations at an altitude above 1710m have not been included.
All data correspond to the average monthly values of the last 20 years.

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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 September. The most rain days occur from from December to March.Days with heavy rain and large amounts of precipitation are in August.

Duration of daylight and sunshine in Angola

hours of sunshine per daySunshine hours per day in Angola
rainy days per monthRainy days per month in Angola
Precipitation in mm/dayPrecipitation in Angola
Water temperatureWater temperatures in Angola
Relative humidity in %Relative humidity in Angola
Absolute humidity in g/m³ (approx.)Absolute humidity in Angola
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Temperature records of the last 71 years

The hottest temperature measured from 1949 to September 2020 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 71 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.

The most precipitation fell in März 1951. With 16.1 mm per day, the Huambo weather station recorded the highest monthly average of the last 71 years. Incidentally, the region with the most rainfall for the whole year is around Huambo. The driest region is near Mocamedes.

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 1952 with 23.7 °C. 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.

Long-term development of temperatures in Angola

More detailed information on global warming with a view by continent can also be found on our topic page on climate change. Data basis: German Weather Service, individual values averaged and supplemented by own elements.