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Usual weather in Ethiopia

Do you need to know, when is the best time to go to Ethiopia? 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 Ethiopia

The climate of Ethiopia is tropical monsoon, but there are big differences in weather in different parts of the country. The climate is temperate on the plateau and very hot in the lowlands. The weather is usually dry and sunny, but some rains occur from February to April and even more rains usually come from June to September.

When speaking about the usual weather in this state, the information is relevant for example for these popular places: Abijatta Shalla Lakes National Park, Adama, Addis Ababa, Adigrat, Adwa, Afar, Amhara, Arba Minch, Awasa, Awash National Park, Axum, Bahir Dar, Benishangul Gumaz, Danakil Depression, Debre Zeyit, Dire Dawa, Gambela, Gondar, Harar, Hawzien, Kersa, Konso, Lalibela, Mago National Park, Mekele, Omo National Park, Oromia, Simien National Park, Sodere, Somali, Southern Ethiopia, Tigray, Tiya, Wondo Genet, Yabelo, Ziway.

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 May, the average maximum temperature is 25.1 ℃ (77.18 ℉). The average minimum temperature in this month is 11.4 ℃ (52.52 ℉). The coldest month here is July, the average maximum temperature is 20.8 ℃ (69.44 ℉). The average minimum temperature in this month is 10.3 ℃ (50.54 ℉). The most rainy month here is July, the average number of rainy days is 26.9. The least rainy month here is November, the average number of rainy days is 1.

When travelling to some places in Ethiopia, always consider the altitude of the the place as well. The highest point here is Ras Dejen (4550 m) and the lowest point is Danakil Depression (-125 m). So there are huge differences in altitudes in this country and the weather is very different in them therefore. 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 Ethiopia. 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 Ethiopia in January is this: The average highest temperature in Ethiopia in January is 24.4 ℃ (75.92 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 8 ℃ (46.4 ℉). At the beginning of January you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 23.55 ℃ (74.39 ℉). At the end of January you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.3 ℃ (75.74 ℉). The average number of rainy days in January is 3. The average rainfall is 13 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 11:36 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:39 and at the end of the month 11:43.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, especially in mountains.

February

Typical (usual) weather in Ethiopia in February is this: The average highest temperature in Ethiopia in February is 24.2 ℃ (75.56 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 9.4 ℃ (48.92 ℉). At the beginning of February you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.3 ℃ (75.74 ℉). At the end of February you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.5 ℃ (76.1 ℉). The average number of rainy days in February is 5. The average rainfall is 29.7 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 11:43 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:50 and at the end of the month 11:57.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, especially in mountains.

March

Typical (usual) weather in Ethiopia in March is this: The average highest temperature in Ethiopia in March is 24.8 ℃ (76.64 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 10.3 ℃ (50.54 ℉). At the beginning of March you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.5 ℃ (76.1 ℉). At the end of March you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.2 ℃ (75.56 ℉). The average number of rainy days in March is 7. The average rainfall is 56.8 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 11:57 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:04 and at the end of the month 12:12.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, especially in mountains.

April

Typical (usual) weather in Ethiopia in April is this: The average highest temperature in Ethiopia in April is 23.6 ℃ (74.48 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 11.1 ℃ (51.98 ℉). At the beginning of April you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.2 ℃ (75.56 ℉). At the end of April you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.35 ℃ (75.83 ℉). The average number of rainy days in April is 10. The average rainfall is 83.7 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 12:12 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:19 and at the end of the month 12:26.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, especially in mountains.

May

Typical (usual) weather in Ethiopia in May is this: The average highest temperature in Ethiopia in May is 25.1 ℃ (77.18 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 11.4 ℃ (52.52 ℉). At the beginning of May you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.35 ℃ (75.83 ℉). At the end of May you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 23.9 ℃ (75.02 ℉). The average number of rainy days in May is 10.2. The average rainfall is 84 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 12:26 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:32 and at the end of the month 12:36.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, especially in mountains.

June

Typical (usual) weather in Ethiopia in June is this: The average highest temperature in Ethiopia in June is 22.7 ℃ (72.86 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 10.1 ℃ (50.18 ℉). At the beginning of June you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 23.9 ℃ (75.02 ℉). At the end of June you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 21.75 ℃ (71.15 ℉). The average number of rainy days in June is 19.8. The average rainfall is 139.3 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 12:36 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:38 and at the end of the month 12:38.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, especially in mountains.

July

Typical (usual) weather in Ethiopia in July is this: The average highest temperature in Ethiopia in July is 20.8 ℃ (69.44 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 10.3 ℃ (50.54 ℉). At the beginning of July you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 21.75 ℃ (71.15 ℉). At the end of July you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 21.15 ℃ (70.07 ℉). The average number of rainy days in July is 26.9. The average rainfall is 275.7 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 12:38 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:36 and at the end of the month 12:31.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, especially in mountains.

August

Typical (usual) weather in Ethiopia in August is this: The average highest temperature in Ethiopia in August is 21.5 ℃ (70.7 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 10.4 ℃ (50.72 ℉). At the beginning of August you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 21.15 ℃ (70.07 ℉). At the end of August you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 21.7 ℃ (71.06 ℉). The average number of rainy days in August is 25.6. The average rainfall is 291.5 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 12:31 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:25 and at the end of the month 12:19.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, especially in mountains.

September

Typical (usual) weather in Ethiopia in September is this: The average highest temperature in Ethiopia in September is 21.9 ℃ (71.42 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 10.3 ℃ (50.54 ℉). At the beginning of September you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 21.7 ℃ (71.06 ℉). At the end of September you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 22.8 ℃ (73.04 ℉). The average number of rainy days in September is 17.7. The average rainfall is 147.9 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 12:19 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:12 and at the end of the month 12:04.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, especially in mountains.

October

Typical (usual) weather in Ethiopia in October is this: The average highest temperature in Ethiopia in October is 23.7 ℃ (74.66 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 9 ℃ (48.2 ℉). At the beginning of October you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 22.8 ℃ (73.04 ℉). At the end of October you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 23.5 ℃ (74.3 ℉). The average number of rainy days in October is 4.1. The average rainfall is 27.6 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 12:04 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:57 and at the end of the month 11:50.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, especially in mountains.

November

Typical (usual) weather in Ethiopia in November is this: The average highest temperature in Ethiopia in November is 23.3 ℃ (73.94 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 7.3 ℃ (45.14 ℉). At the beginning of November you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 23.5 ℃ (74.3 ℉). At the end of November you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 23 ℃ (73.4 ℉). The average number of rainy days in November is 1. The average rainfall is 7 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 11:50 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:44 and at the end of the month 11:39.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, especially in mountains.

December

Typical (usual) weather in Ethiopia in December is this: The average highest temperature in Ethiopia in December is 22.7 ℃ (72.86 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 7.1 ℃ (44.78 ℉). At the beginning of December you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 23 ℃ (73.4 ℉). At the end of December you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 23.55 ℃ (74.39 ℉). The average number of rainy days in December is 1. The average rainfall is 6.9 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 11:39 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:36 and at the end of the month 11:35.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, especially in mountains.

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

Addis Ababatemperature: - highest temperature: 22.7 ℃ (72.86 ℉)lowest temperature: 7.1 ℃ (44.78 ℉)rainfall: 6.9mmrainy days: 1
Awassatemperature: - highest temperature: 28.1 ℃ (82.58 ℉)lowest temperature: 10.3 ℃ (50.54 ℉)rainfall: 24.4mmrainy days: 4
Bahir Dartemperature: - highest temperature: 27.7 ℃ (81.86 ℉)lowest temperature: 8.2 ℃ (46.76 ℉)rainfall: 5.9mmrainy days: 1
Dire Dawatemperature: - highest temperature: 26.3 ℃ (79.34 ℉)lowest temperature: 11.9 ℃ (53.42 ℉)rainfall: 12.8mmrainy days: 1
Jimmatemperature: - highest temperature: 27.3 ℃ (81.14 ℉)lowest temperature: 12.1 ℃ (53.78 ℉)rainfall: 37.1mmrainy days: 5
Mekeletemperature: - highest temperature: 24.5 ℃ (76.1 ℉)lowest temperature: 10.2 ℃ (50.36 ℉)rainfall: 3.1mmrainy days: 0
Assosatemperature: - highest temperature: 29.4 ℃ (84.92 ℉)lowest temperature: 14.3 ℃ (57.74 ℉)rainfall: 4.7mmrainy days: 0
Bale Robetemperature: - highest temperature: 22.4 ℃ (72.32 ℉)lowest temperature: 6.1 ℃ (42.98 ℉)rainfall: 22.7mmrainy days: 4
Godetemperature: - highest temperature: 35.1 ℃ (95.18 ℉)lowest temperature: 20.3 ℃ (68.54 ℉)rainfall: 2mmrainy days: 1
Gondartemperature: - highest temperature: 27.1 ℃ (80.78 ℉)lowest temperature: 12 ℃ (53.6 ℉)rainfall: 3.9mmrainy days: 0
Lalibelatemperature: - highest temperature: 24.3 ℃ (75.74 ℉)lowest temperature: 11 ℃ (51.8 ℉)rainfall: 19.2mmrainy days: 1




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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