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The climate in Malawi

Average daytime and nighttime temperatures

All climate diagrams on this page result from the collected data of 6 weather stations.
Weather stations at an altitude above 1230m have not been included.
All data correspond to the average monthly values of the last 20 years.
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Climate zone: tropics
The climate in Malawi is very warm, with an annual average of 27 degrees, but has few truly tropical and sultry months. It is yearlong warm or hot. The warmest and rainiest part of the country is Southern Region. The coldest is Central Region. Dued to the lesser rain the best time for traveling is from April to October. The most rain days occur from from December to March.
Duration of daylight and sunshine in Malawi
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Regions in Malawi

All figures per year. For detailed climate data click on the name of the region.
RegionTemperature
max Ø day
Temperature
min Ø night
Sunshine
hours
Rainy
days
Precipitation
Central Region26.4 °C14.6 °C3,103 h74 938 l
Southern Region28.3 °C18.1 °C2,774 h59 825 l

Temperature records of the last 67 years

The hottest temperature measured from 1948 to May 2015 was reported by the Bvumbwe weather station. In February 2010 the record temperature of 31.2 °C was reported here. The hottest summer from July to September, based on all 3 weather stations in Malawi below 1230 metres altitude, was recorded in 2005 with an average temperature of 23.2 °C. This average temperature will normally be measured every 4 to 6 hours, thus also including the nights. Normally, this value is 19.5 degrees Celsius. The average maximum daily temperature at that time was 29.0 °C.
The coldest day in these 67 years was reported by the weather station Bvumbwe. Here the temperature dropped to 7.5 °C in May 2010. Bvumbwe lies at an altitude of 1146 meters above sea level. The coldest winter (January to March) was in 1963 with an average temperature of 21.4 °C. In Malawi, it is usual to have about 1.2 degrees more at 22.6 °C for this three-month period.
The most precipitation fell in February 1982. With 15.0 mm per day, the Chileka weather station recorded the highest monthly average of the last 67 years.

Data basis and methodology

The data of the individual measuring stations are based on the archives of the German Weather Service, individual values averaged and supplemented by own elements. In order to determine a representative national average, average values were first calculated for each part of the country, which were then summarized at the national level. Thus, if a disproportionate number of weather stations are located in a small area, their number does not affect the national average. There are 4 stations in Malawi itself. In 2 cases, neighboring but nearby weather stations were also used to obtain more accurate values.
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