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Usual weather in Rwanda

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

The climate of Rwanda is temperate, because of the high elevation of the country. There are two rainy seasons, one from February to April, one from November to January. During these seasons heavy rains occur almost daily, but sunny weather is also no exception. Weather is mild in mountains, frost and snow are possible there.

When speaking about the usual weather in this state, the information is relevant for example for these popular places: Cyangugu, Gisenyi, Huye, Kibeho, Kibungo, Kibuye, Kigali, Nyungwe National Park, Ruhengeri, Volcanoes National Park.

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 August, the average maximum temperature is 28.4 ℃ (83.12 ℉). The average minimum temperature in this month is 16.2 ℃ (61.16 ℉). The coldest month here is May, the average maximum temperature is 25.7 ℃ (78.26 ℉). The average minimum temperature in this month is 16.6 ℃ (61.88 ℉). The most rainy month here is April, the average number of rainy days is 18.2. The least rainy month here is July, the average number of rainy days is 1.

When travelling to some places in Rwanda, always consider the altitude of the the place as well. The highest point here is Volcan Karisimbi (4519 m) and the lowest point is Rusizi River (950 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 Rwanda. 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 Rwanda in January is this: The average highest temperature in Rwanda in January is 26.5 ℃ (79.7 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 15.5 ℃ (59.9 ℉). At the beginning of January you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.5 ℃ (79.7 ℉). At the end of January you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.2 ℃ (80.96 ℉). The average number of rainy days in January is 11.1. The average rainfall is 75.7 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 12:13 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:13 and at the end of the month 12:11.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, especially in mountains.

February

Typical (usual) weather in Rwanda in February is this: The average highest temperature in Rwanda in February is 27.9 ℃ (82.22 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 16.3 ℃ (61.34 ℉). At the beginning of February you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.2 ℃ (80.96 ℉). At the end of February you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.2 ℃ (80.96 ℉). The average number of rainy days in February is 11. The average rainfall is 92.7 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 12:11 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:10 and at the end of the month 12:08.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 Rwanda in March is this: The average highest temperature in Rwanda in March is 26.5 ℃ (79.7 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 15.6 ℃ (60.08 ℉). At the beginning of March you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.2 ℃ (80.96 ℉). At the end of March you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.6 ℃ (79.88 ℉). The average number of rainy days in March is 14.9. The average rainfall is 113.5 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 12:08 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:07 and at the end of the month 12:05.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 Rwanda in April is this: The average highest temperature in Rwanda in April is 26.7 ℃ (80.06 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 16.5 ℃ (61.7 ℉). At the beginning of April you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.6 ℃ (79.88 ℉). At the end of April you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.2 ℃ (79.16 ℉). The average number of rainy days in April is 18.2. The average rainfall is 154 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 12:05 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:04 and at the end of the month 12:02.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 Rwanda in May is this: The average highest temperature in Rwanda in May is 25.7 ℃ (78.26 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 16.6 ℃ (61.88 ℉). At the beginning of May you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.2 ℃ (79.16 ℉). At the end of May you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.15 ℃ (79.07 ℉). The average number of rainy days in May is 13.2. The average rainfall is 87.5 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 12:02 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:01 and at the end of the month 12:00.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 Rwanda in June is this: The average highest temperature in Rwanda in June is 26.6 ℃ (79.88 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 15.6 ℃ (60.08 ℉). At the beginning of June you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.15 ℃ (79.07 ℉). At the end of June you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.3 ℃ (81.14 ℉). The average number of rainy days in June is 2. The average rainfall is 18.9 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 12:00 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:00 and at the end of the month 12:00.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 Rwanda in July is this: The average highest temperature in Rwanda in July is 28 ℃ (82.4 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 15.5 ℃ (59.9 ℉). At the beginning of July you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.3 ℃ (81.14 ℉). At the end of July you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 28.2 ℃ (82.76 ℉). The average number of rainy days in July is 1. The average rainfall is 11.3 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 12:00 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:00 and at the end of the month 12:01.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 Rwanda in August is this: The average highest temperature in Rwanda in August is 28.4 ℃ (83.12 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 16.2 ℃ (61.16 ℉). At the beginning of August you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 28.2 ℃ (82.76 ℉). At the end of August you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 28.15 ℃ (82.67 ℉). The average number of rainy days in August is 4.1. The average rainfall is 31.4 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 12:01 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:02 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.

September

Typical (usual) weather in Rwanda in September is this: The average highest temperature in Rwanda in September is 27.9 ℃ (82.22 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 16.1 ℃ (60.98 ℉). At the beginning of September you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 28.15 ℃ (82.67 ℉). At the end of September you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.9 ℃ (82.22 ℉). The average number of rainy days in September is 10.1. The average rainfall is 68.8 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 12:04 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:05 and at the end of the month 12:07.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 Rwanda in October is this: The average highest temperature in Rwanda in October is 27.9 ℃ (82.22 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 16.5 ℃ (61.7 ℉). At the beginning of October you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.9 ℃ (82.22 ℉). At the end of October you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27 ℃ (80.6 ℉). The average number of rainy days in October is 16.8. The average rainfall is 103.3 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 12:07 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:08 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.

November

Typical (usual) weather in Rwanda in November is this: The average highest temperature in Rwanda in November is 26.1 ℃ (78.98 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 15.7 ℃ (60.26 ℉). At the beginning of November you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27 ℃ (80.6 ℉). At the end of November you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.3 ℃ (79.34 ℉). The average number of rainy days in November is 17.1. The average rainfall is 112.8 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 12:10 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:11 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, especially in mountains.

December

Typical (usual) weather in Rwanda in December is this: The average highest temperature in Rwanda in December is 26.5 ℃ (79.7 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 15.8 ℃ (60.44 ℉). At the beginning of December you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.3 ℃ (79.34 ℉). At the end of December you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.5 ℃ (79.7 ℉). The average number of rainy days in December is 14.3. The average rainfall is 75.9 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 12:13 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:13 and at the end of the month 12:14.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, especially in mountains.

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

Kigalitemperature: - highest temperature: 26.5 ℃ (79.7 ℉)lowest temperature: 15.8 ℃ (60.44 ℉)rainfall: 75.9mmrainy days: 14.3
Ngomatemperature: - highest temperature: 26.8 ℃ (80.24 ℉)lowest temperature: 16.1 ℃ (60.98 ℉)rainfall: 102mmrainy days: 10
Gicumbitemperature: - highest temperature: 23.3 ℃ (73.94 ℉)lowest temperature: 13.3 ℃ (55.94 ℉)rainfall: 72.3mmrainy days: 11.9
Musanzetemperature: - highest temperature: 25 ℃ (77 ℉)lowest temperature: 10.8 ℃ (51.44 ℉)rainfall: 82.3mmrainy days: 15.7
Rusizitemperature: - highest temperature: 25.7 ℃ (78.26 ℉)lowest temperature: 15.8 ℃ (60.44 ℉)rainfall: 128.8mmrainy days: 20.7
Karongitemperature: - highest temperature: 24.7 ℃ (76.46 ℉)lowest temperature: 16.3 ℃ (61.34 ℉)rainfall: 90.7mmrainy days: 15.9
Rubavutemperature: - highest temperature: 25.4 ℃ (77.72 ℉)lowest temperature: 14.9 ℃ (58.82 ℉)rainfall: 92.7mmrainy days: 17.6
Nyamagabetemperature: - highest temperature: 23.3 ℃ (73.94 ℉)lowest temperature: 13.9 ℃ (57.02 ℉)rainfall: 121mmrainy days: 15.7
Huyetemperature: - highest temperature: 23.7 ℃ (74.66 ℉)lowest temperature: 14.6 ℃ (58.28 ℉)rainfall: 119.5mmrainy days: 16.7




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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