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Cyclones in Botswana

Cyclones occur rarely in Botswana. On average, they happen about once per year.

The typical cyclone season depends on the summer monsoon. In the months before (May to June) and after (October to November), the most severe storms occur.

Botswana has certainly been affected by the foothills of several cyclones, but during the past 12 months no cyclone reached the inhabited areas on land.

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Most violent cyclones in Botswana since 2018

Ana: 23rd to 25th January 2022

Wind speed:
max. 93 km/h
Diameter:
max. 148 km
Air pressure:
below 993 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On January 25th, 2022 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 635 km northwest of Masunga in North East.

Idai: 4th to 16th March 2019

Wind speed:
max. 213 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 940 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On March 16th, 2019 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 464 km northwest of Gobojango in Central.

Desmond: 17th to 22nd January 2019

Wind speed:
max. 83 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Air pressure:
below 989 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On January 17th, 2019 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 499 km west of Mathathane in Central.


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