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Usual weather in Botswana

Do you need to know, when is the best time to go to Botswana? Then you should take a look here, what weather you can expect there during the year.

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What weather to expect in Botswana

The climate of Botswana is semiarid, rain season is usually very short here. You can expect warm winters and hot summers. Thanks to the relatively high altitude of the country, it can be said, that the climate is subtropical. In the south you can experience cold winds during winter.

When speaking about the usual weather in this state, the information is relevant for example for these popular places: Chobe National Park, Francistown, Gaborone, Ghanzi, Gweta, Kalahari, Kanye, Kasane, Maun, Moremi Game Reserve, Nata, Okavango Chobe, Okavango Delta, Sepupa, Shakawe, Southeast, Tsabong.

Let's look now what weather you can expect in the area around the capital and in many other cities. The warmest month here is January, the average maximum temperature is 32 ℃ (89.6 ℉). The average minimum temperature in this month is 19.9 ℃ (67.82 ℉). The coldest month here is July, the average maximum temperature is 22.5 ℃ (72.5 ℉). The average minimum temperature in this month is 4.8 ℃ (40.64 ℉). The most rainy month here is January, the average number of rainy days is 4. The least rainy month here is May, the average number of rainy days is 0.

When travelling to some places in Botswana, always consider the altitude of the the place as well. The highest point here is Tsodilo Hills (1489 m) and the lowest point is junction of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers (513 m). So there are not big differences in altitudes in this country. But the altitude affects the weather even so. Keep in mind, that the temperature usually decreases by 1.2 - 1.9 ℃ (2.2 - 3.5 ℉) per 200 m (656 ft), depending on the other conditions. (And we should add, that in the very special condition named thermal inversion even the temperature may be higher in higher altitudes.)

Please, keep in mind, that this is not a weather forecast, but the information about the usual weather (average). This should help you to decide, when is the best time to go to Botswana. Read more details about the typical weather there in all individual months below:

January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December


January

Typical (usual) weather in Botswana in January is this: The average highest temperature in Botswana in January is 32 ℃ (89.6 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 19.9 ℃ (67.82 ℉). At the beginning of January you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 32 ℃ (89.6 ℉). At the end of January you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 31.95 ℃ (89.51 ℉). The average number of rainy days in January is 4. The average rainfall is 113.1 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 13:38 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 13:29 and at the end of the month 13:14.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes.

February

Typical (usual) weather in Botswana in February is this: The average highest temperature in Botswana in February is 31.9 ℃ (89.42 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 19.5 ℃ (67.1 ℉). At the beginning of February you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 31.95 ℃ (89.51 ℉). At the end of February you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 31.15 ℃ (88.07 ℉). The average number of rainy days in February is 2.9. The average rainfall is 86.4 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 13:14 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:55 and at the end of the month 12:35.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes.

March

Typical (usual) weather in Botswana in March is this: The average highest temperature in Botswana in March is 30.4 ℃ (86.72 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 17.5 ℃ (63.5 ℉). At the beginning of March you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 31.15 ℃ (88.07 ℉). At the end of March you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 29.3 ℃ (84.74 ℉). The average number of rainy days in March is 2. The average rainfall is 65.4 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 12:35 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:13 and at the end of the month 11:51.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes.

April

Typical (usual) weather in Botswana in April is this: The average highest temperature in Botswana in April is 28.2 ℃ (82.76 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 13.3 ℃ (55.94 ℉). At the beginning of April you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 29.3 ℃ (84.74 ℉). At the end of April you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.2 ℃ (80.96 ℉). The average number of rainy days in April is 1. The average rainfall is 33.2 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 11:51 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:30 and at the end of the month 11:11.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes.

May

Typical (usual) weather in Botswana in May is this: The average highest temperature in Botswana in May is 26.2 ℃ (79.16 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 8.7 ℃ (47.66 ℉). At the beginning of May you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.2 ℃ (80.96 ℉). At the end of May you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.65 ℃ (76.37 ℉). The average number of rainy days in May is 0. The average rainfall is 10.8 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 11:11 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 10:55 and at the end of the month 10:43.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes.

June

Typical (usual) weather in Botswana in June is this: The average highest temperature in Botswana in June is 23.1 ℃ (73.58 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 4.7 ℃ (40.46 ℉). At the beginning of June you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.65 ℃ (76.37 ℉). At the end of June you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 22.8 ℃ (73.04 ℉). The average number of rainy days in June is 0. The average rainfall is 4.5 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 10:43 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 10:37 and at the end of the month 10:37.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes.

July

Typical (usual) weather in Botswana in July is this: The average highest temperature in Botswana in July is 22.5 ℃ (72.5 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 4.8 ℃ (40.64 ℉). At the beginning of July you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 22.8 ℃ (73.04 ℉). At the end of July you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.15 ℃ (75.47 ℉). The average number of rainy days in July is 0. The average rainfall is 0.4 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 10:37 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 10:44 and at the end of the month 10:56.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes.

August

Typical (usual) weather in Botswana in August is this: The average highest temperature in Botswana in August is 25.8 ℃ (78.44 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 7.8 ℃ (46.04 ℉). At the beginning of August you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.15 ℃ (75.47 ℉). At the end of August you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.65 ℃ (81.77 ℉). The average number of rainy days in August is 0. The average rainfall is 3.5 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 10:56 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:12 and at the end of the month 11:31.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes.

September

Typical (usual) weather in Botswana in September is this: The average highest temperature in Botswana in September is 29.5 ℃ (85.1 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 12.4 ℃ (54.32 ℉). At the beginning of September you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.65 ℃ (81.77 ℉). At the end of September you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 29.95 ℃ (85.91 ℉). The average number of rainy days in September is 1. The average rainfall is 18.3 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 11:31 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:52 and at the end of the month 12:13.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes.

October

Typical (usual) weather in Botswana in October is this: The average highest temperature in Botswana in October is 30.4 ℃ (86.72 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 16.4 ℃ (61.52 ℉). At the beginning of October you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 29.95 ℃ (85.91 ℉). At the end of October you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 31.05 ℃ (87.89 ℉). The average number of rainy days in October is 1. The average rainfall is 43.5 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 12:13 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:34 and at the end of the month 12:55.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes.

November

Typical (usual) weather in Botswana in November is this: The average highest temperature in Botswana in November is 31.7 ℃ (89.06 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 18.3 ℃ (64.94 ℉). At the beginning of November you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 31.05 ℃ (87.89 ℉). At the end of November you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 31.85 ℃ (89.33 ℉). The average number of rainy days in November is 2. The average rainfall is 78.6 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 12:55 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 13:14 and at the end of the month 13:28.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes.

December

Typical (usual) weather in Botswana in December is this: The average highest temperature in Botswana in December is 32 ℃ (89.6 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 19.4 ℃ (66.92 ℉). At the beginning of December you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 31.85 ℃ (89.33 ℉). At the end of December you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 32 ℃ (89.6 ℉). The average number of rainy days in December is 3. The average rainfall is 89.9 mm (look here, what this number means). When planning your travel, please, keep in mind, that actual weather may differ from these average values. The length of the day at the beginning of this month is approximately 13:28 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 13:37 and at the end of the month 13:39.These numbers above are valid primarily for the capital and the area around it. It is important to say, that the weather may differ significantly in different altitudes.

Below are average values, so you can consider them typical weather in Botswana in these places. The sign '-' means we don't have enough data for this item.

Gaboronetemperature: - highest temperature: 32 ℃ (89.6 ℉)lowest temperature: 19.4 ℃ (66.92 ℉)rainfall: 89.9mmrainy days: 3
Francistowntemperature: - highest temperature: 31.7 ℃ (89.06 ℉)lowest temperature: 18.8 ℃ (65.84 ℉)rainfall: 86.8mmrainy days: 3
Mauntemperature: - highest temperature: 32.5 ℃ (90.5 ℉)lowest temperature: 20.3 ℃ (68.54 ℉)rainfall: 79.4mmrainy days: 2
Kasanetemperature: - highest temperature: 31.1 ℃ (87.98 ℉)lowest temperature: 20.3 ℃ (68.54 ℉)rainfall: 124.1mmrainy days: 4
Ghanzitemperature: - highest temperature: 33.3 ℃ (91.94 ℉)lowest temperature: 19.5 ℃ (67.1 ℉)rainfall: 70mmrainy days: 3
Sir Seretse Khama Airporttemperature: - highest temperature: 32 ℃ (89.6 ℉)lowest temperature: 18.7 ℃ (65.66 ℉)rainfall: 80.4mmrainy days: 2




When you read about the number of mm of rainfall, you should know this: Light rain is when the precipitation rate is less than 2.5 mm (0.1 in) per hour. For moderate rain this number is between 2.5 mm and 10 mm (0.4 in), for heavy rain it is 10 mm - 50 mm (2.0 in). Violent rain has this number higher than 50 mm per hour.


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