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Usual weather in Malawi

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

The climate of Malawi is tropical and sub-tropical. Rainy season is from November to May, dry season is from May to November. You can expect little or no rainfall throughout much of the country during the dry season. You can also expect hot weather from September to April.

When speaking about the usual weather in this state, the information is relevant for example for these popular places: Blantyre, Cape Maclear, Central Malawi, Chikwawa, Chintheche, Chisumulu Island, Chitimba, Karonga, Lake Malawi National Park, Likoma Island, Lilongwe, Livingstonia, Liwonde National Park, Majete Wildlife Reserve, Mangochi, Monkey Bay, Mount Mulanje, Mua, Mzuzu, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Northern Malawi, Ntchisi Forest Reserve, Nyika National Park, Southern Malawi, Zomba.

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 October, the average maximum temperature is 31.3 ℃ (88.34 ℉). The average minimum temperature in this month is 15.1 ℃ (59.18 ℉). The coldest month here is July, the average maximum temperature is 24 ℃ (75.2 ℉). The average minimum temperature in this month is 9.1 ℃ (48.38 ℉).

When travelling to some places in Malawi, always consider the altitude of the the place as well. The highest point here is Sapitwa (Mount Mlanje) (3002 m) and the lowest point is junction of the Shire River and international boundary with Mozambique (37 m). So there are quite big differences in altitudes in this country, so you can expect the weather to be different in different altitudes as well. 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 Malawi. 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 Malawi in January is this: The average highest temperature in Malawi in January is 26.7 ℃ (80.06 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 18.3 ℃ (64.94 ℉). At the beginning of January you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.45 ℃ (81.41 ℉). At the end of January you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.9 ℃ (80.42 ℉). The average rainfall is 223.9 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 12:56 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:51 and at the end of the month 12:43.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 Malawi in February is this: The average highest temperature in Malawi in February is 27.1 ℃ (80.78 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 17.3 ℃ (63.14 ℉). At the beginning of February you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.9 ℃ (80.42 ℉). At the end of February you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.3 ℃ (81.14 ℉). The average rainfall is 199.9 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 12:43 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:33 and at the end of the month 12:21.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 Malawi in March is this: The average highest temperature in Malawi in March is 27.5 ℃ (81.5 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 17.1 ℃ (62.78 ℉). At the beginning of March you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.3 ℃ (81.14 ℉). At the end of March you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.45 ℃ (81.41 ℉). The average rainfall is 150.3 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 12:21 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:10 and at the end of the month 11:58.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 Malawi in April is this: The average highest temperature in Malawi in April is 27.4 ℃ (81.32 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 15.2 ℃ (59.36 ℉). At the beginning of April you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.45 ℃ (81.41 ℉). At the end of April you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.95 ℃ (80.51 ℉). The average rainfall is 48.3 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 11:58 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:47 and at the end of the month 11:36.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.

May

Typical (usual) weather in Malawi in May is this: The average highest temperature in Malawi in May is 26.5 ℃ (79.7 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 11.8 ℃ (53.24 ℉). At the beginning of May you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.95 ℃ (80.51 ℉). At the end of May you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 25.7 ℃ (78.26 ℉). The average rainfall is 10.9 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 11:36 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:28 and at the end of the month 11:21.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 Malawi in June is this: The average highest temperature in Malawi in June is 24.9 ℃ (76.82 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 9 ℃ (48.2 ℉). At the beginning of June you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 25.7 ℃ (78.26 ℉). At the end of June you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.45 ℃ (76.01 ℉). The average rainfall is 2.2 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 11:21 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:18 and at the end of the month 11:18.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 Malawi in July is this: The average highest temperature in Malawi in July is 24 ℃ (75.2 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 9.1 ℃ (48.38 ℉). At the beginning of July you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.45 ℃ (76.01 ℉). At the end of July you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 25.15 ℃ (77.27 ℉). The average rainfall is 1.2 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 11:18 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:22 and at the end of the month 11:28.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, especially in mountains.

August

Typical (usual) weather in Malawi in August is this: The average highest temperature in Malawi in August is 26.3 ℃ (79.34 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 9.8 ℃ (49.64 ℉). At the beginning of August you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 25.15 ℃ (77.27 ℉). At the end of August you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.3 ℃ (81.14 ℉). The average rainfall is 0.2 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 11:28 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:37 and at the end of the month 11:47.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 Malawi in September is this: The average highest temperature in Malawi in September is 28.3 ℃ (82.94 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 12.6 ℃ (54.68 ℉). At the beginning of September you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.3 ℃ (81.14 ℉). At the end of September you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 29.8 ℃ (85.64 ℉). The average rainfall is 1.5 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 11:47 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:58 and at the end of the month 12:10.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 Malawi in October is this: The average highest temperature in Malawi in October is 31.3 ℃ (88.34 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 15.1 ℃ (59.18 ℉). At the beginning of October you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 29.8 ℃ (85.64 ℉). At the end of October you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 30.65 ℃ (87.17 ℉). The average rainfall is 11.2 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 12:10 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:21 and at the end of the month 12:33.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 Malawi in November is this: The average highest temperature in Malawi in November is 30 ℃ (86 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 17.1 ℃ (62.78 ℉). At the beginning of November you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 30.65 ℃ (87.17 ℉). At the end of November you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 29.1 ℃ (84.38 ℉). The average rainfall is 82.5 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 12:33 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:43 and at the end of the month 12:51.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, especially in mountains.

December

Typical (usual) weather in Malawi in December is this: The average highest temperature in Malawi in December is 28.2 ℃ (82.76 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 17.6 ℃ (63.68 ℉). At the beginning of December you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 29.1 ℃ (84.38 ℉). At the end of December you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.45 ℃ (81.41 ℉). The average rainfall is 203.9 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 12:51 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:56 and at the end of the month 12:56.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, especially in mountains.

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

Chitipatemperature: 21.2 ℃ (70.16 ℉)highest temperature: 27.5 ℃ (81.5 ℉)lowest temperature: 17.9 ℃ (64.22 ℉)rainfall: 220.3mmrainy days: -
Karongatemperature: 27 ℃ (80.6 ℉)highest temperature: 31.3 ℃ (88.34 ℉)lowest temperature: 22.6 ℃ (72.68 ℉)rainfall: 149.9mmrainy days: -
Mzimbatemperature: 21.9 ℃ (71.42 ℉)highest temperature: 26.7 ℃ (80.06 ℉)lowest temperature: 17.2 ℃ (62.96 ℉)rainfall: 206.1mmrainy days: -
Nkhata Baytemperature: 25 ℃ (77 ℉)highest temperature: 29.8 ℃ (85.64 ℉)lowest temperature: 22 ℃ (71.6 ℉)rainfall: 241.6mmrainy days: -
Chitedzetemperature: 21.7 ℃ (71.06 ℉)highest temperature: 28.2 ℃ (82.76 ℉)lowest temperature: 17.6 ℃ (63.68 ℉)rainfall: 203.9mmrainy days: -
Nkhota Kotatemperature: 25.6 ℃ (78.08 ℉)highest temperature: 29.8 ℃ (85.64 ℉)lowest temperature: 21.4 ℃ (70.52 ℉)rainfall: 277.5mmrainy days: -
Salimatemperature: 26.6 ℃ (79.88 ℉)highest temperature: 30.3 ℃ (86.54 ℉)lowest temperature: 22.8 ℃ (73.04 ℉)rainfall: 244.8mmrainy days: -
Dedzatemperature: 20.2 ℃ (68.36 ℉)highest temperature: 23.6 ℃ (74.48 ℉)lowest temperature: 15.9 ℃ (60.62 ℉)rainfall: 230.1mmrainy days: -
Chilekatemperature: 25 ℃ (77 ℉)highest temperature: 30 ℃ (86 ℉)lowest temperature: 20.9 ℃ (69.62 ℉)rainfall: 180mmrainy days: -
Mangochitemperature: 27.4 ℃ (81.32 ℉)highest temperature: 32.2 ℃ (89.96 ℉)lowest temperature: 22.8 ℃ (73.04 ℉)rainfall: 167.9mmrainy days: -
Mimosatemperature: 24.2 ℃ (75.56 ℉)highest temperature: 30 ℃ (86 ℉)lowest temperature: 19.3 ℃ (66.74 ℉)rainfall: 289.1mmrainy days: -
Bvumbwetemperature: 21.9 ℃ (71.42 ℉)highest temperature: 25.4 ℃ (77.72 ℉)lowest temperature: 17.8 ℃ (64.04 ℉)rainfall: 214.2mmrainy days: -
Thyolotemperature: 24.3 ℃ (75.74 ℉)highest temperature: 28.9 ℃ (84.02 ℉)lowest temperature: 19.3 ℃ (66.74 ℉)rainfall: 246.8mmrainy days: -
Makangatemperature: 28.3 ℃ (82.94 ℉)highest temperature: 35.5 ℃ (95.9 ℉)lowest temperature: 23.6 ℃ (74.48 ℉)rainfall: 165.6mmrainy days: -




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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