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The climate in Zambia

Average daytime and nighttime temperatures


All climatic diagrams of this page are taken from the collected data from 22 measuring stations in Zambia.
Weather stations at an altitude above 1670m 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 29 °C the climate in Zambia ist warm, but has only a few really tropical and sticky months. It is yearlong warm or hot. Dued to the lesser rain the best time for traveling is from April to October. The most rain days occur from from November to March.Days with heavy rain and large amounts of precipitation are in October.

Duration of daylight and sunshine in Zambia

hours of sunshine per daySunshine hours per day in Zambia
rainy days per monthRainy days per month in Zambia
Precipitation in mm/dayPrecipitation in Zambia
Relative humidity in %Relative humidity in Zambia
Absolute humidity in g/m³ (approx.)Absolute humidity in Zambia
Climate charts for other regions in Zambia

Temperature records of the last 72 years

The hottest temperature measured from 1949 to December 2021 was reported by the Mongu weather station. In September 2015 the record temperature of 41.5 °C was reported here. The hottest summer from July to September, based on all 16 weather stations in Zambia below 1670 metres altitude, was recorded in 2015 with an average temperature of 25.8 °C. This average temperature will normally be measured every 4 to 6 hours, thus also including the nights. Normally, this value is 20.0 degrees Celsius. The average maximum daily temperature at that time was 36.5 °C.

The coldest day in these 72 years was reported by the weather station Mongu. Here the temperature dropped to 5.5 °C in June 2010. Mongu lies at an altitude of 1053 meters above sea level. The coldest winter (January to March) was in 1965 with an average temperature of 21.1 °C. In Zambia, it is usual to have about 1.0 degrees more at 22.1 °C for this three-month period.

The most precipitation fell in Oktober 2015. With 322.5 mm per day, the Mpika weather station recorded the highest monthly average of the last 72 years.


Data basis: German Weather Service, individual values averaged and supplemented by own elements.