Climate in North Central Nigeria

Average daytime and nighttime temperatures

All climate diagrams on this site result from the collected data from six measuring weather stations in North Central.
Weather stations at an altitude above 650m have not been included.
All data correspond to the average monthly values of the last 20 years.

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The climate is very warm with an annual average of 34 degrees, but has few truly tropical and muggy months. It is warm to hot all year round, inviting bathing at average water temperatures of 27 degrees. Due to less rain, the best time for traveling is from November to April. The most rain days occur from from May to October.
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Sunshine hours per day
The number of hours of sunshine refers to the time when the sun is actually visible. That is, without any obstruction of visibility by clouds, fog or mountains. With 9 hours per day, November is the sunniest month in the greater region of North Central. In August, the sun shines the least.
Rain days per month
A rain day is a day on which at least 0.1 mm precipitation (=0.1 liter) per square meter falls. This can be rain, snow, hail or even dew. So it does not have to rain the whole day. With 16 rain days, August offers the most rain days, while December has the fewest.
Precipitation amount in mm/day
The amount of precipitation is measured in millimeters per square meter. Thus, at two mm/day, two liters of water fall on one square meter within 24 hours. With only 0.1 mm, the least amount of rain falls in December. September, on the other hand, has the most rain.
Water temperatures in °C
Water temperature depends not only on solar radiation within the same region, but also on ocean currents. For example, depending on the season, cold or warm water masses are moved from other areas. The warmest water temperatures in North Central are in March, when the water is 28 °C.
Relative humidity in %
Warm air can absorb more moisture than cold air. The relative humidity indicates how much moisture can be physically contained in the air. At high humidity, a person feels uncomfortable and perceives this as oppressive. In general, a relative humidity of 40-60% feels pleasant. With humidity averaging 86%, August is the most uncomfortable. In February, on the other hand, it is easier to endure.
Absolute humidity in g/m³
In warm months, there is also a higher absolute humidity almost everywhere. At a temperature of 25°C, air can absorb up to 23 grams of water per cubic meter. At 20°C, it is only 17.3 grams. A relative humidity of 40% at 25°C thus corresponds to an absolute humidity of 9.2 grams of water. From a proportion of approx. 13.5 grams, humans perceive the air as muggy. This limit is reached for 10 months in North Central, although these are average values, and a month is rarely completely or not at all humid.
The "Humidex" (humidity index) is an index of well-being in warmer areas, calculated from the air temperature, relative humidity and dew point. The index corresponds approximately to the temperature felt. At high temperatures, the body transports heat away by sweating. At high humidity, the ambient air can only absorb a small amount of sweat and thus one feels uncomfortable. An index of 20-29 is considered comfortable. Up to 39, people perceive the air as slightly uncomfortable, and above 40, as very uncomfortable. Values above 45 are dangerous in the long run and often lead to heat stroke.
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Map of North Central

Most important cities in the greater region »North Central«

As the capital region, it is arguably the most important part of Nigeria. Alone 3 major cities with over 800,000 inhabitants are located here. The greater region has a west-east extension of about 750 km and over 470 km from north to south.

It consists of the seven greater regions Abuja Federal Capital Territory, Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nassarawa, Niger and Plateau.

CityPopulationGeo position
Abuja2,750,0009° 3' 28"N7° 29' 42"E
Jos816,8249° 55' 43"N8° 53' 32"E
Ilorin814,1928° 29' 48"N4° 32' 32"E
Okene479,1787° 33' 4"N6° 14' 9"E
Makurdi292,6457° 44' 28"N8° 30' 44"E
Minna291,9059° 36' 55"N6° 32' 52"E
Bida171,6569° 4' 50"N6° 0' 36"E
Suleja162,1359° 10' 50"N7° 10' 46"E
Lafia127,2368° 29' 38"N8° 30' 55"E
Offa113,8308° 8' 57"N4° 43' 15"E
Lafiagi102,7798° 51' 11"N5° 24' 59"E
Kontagora98,75410° 24' 11"N5° 28' 15"E
Kuje97,3678° 52' 46"N7° 13' 39"E
Keffi85,9118° 50' 47"N7° 52' 25"E
Ogaminana84,3737° 35' 38"N6° 13' 5"E
Idah68,7037° 6' 48"N6° 44' 19"E
Lokoja60,5797° 47' 49"N6° 44' 26"E
Kabba49,8697° 49' 38"N6° 4' 30"E
Katsina-Ala36,7227° 10' 10"N9° 17' 5"E
Pankshin31,5169° 19' 31"N9° 26' 7"E
Nasarawa30,9498° 32' 20"N7° 42' 30"E
Patigi28,2858° 43' 43"N5° 45' 20"E
Wamba27,1378° 56' 30"N8° 36' 11"E
Baro26,8218° 35' 60"N6° 25' 0"E
Okuta26,5899° 13' 0"N3° 10' 60"E
Takum24,8227° 16' 0"N9° 58' 60"E
Zungeru24,4479° 48' 26"N6° 9' 9"E
Tegina24,03710° 4' 14"N6° 11' 26"E
Kaiama21,8979° 36' 19"N3° 56' 28"E
Otukpa21,6867° 6' 6"N7° 39' 34"E

Data basis: German Weather Service, individual values averaged and supplemented by own elements. Data on cities and inhabitants:, United Nations Statistics Division and own research.
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