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Usual weather in Zambia

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

The climate of Zambia is tropical or humid subtropical, but it is significantly modified by altitude. In the south-west the climate is semi-arid. The rainy season is from October to April, the dry season is from May to November.

When speaking about the usual weather in this state, the information is relevant for example for these popular places: Central Zambia, Chama, Chingola, Chipata, Copperbelt, Eastern Zambia, Kabwe, Kafue National Park, Kapiri Mposhi, Kasama, Kazungula, Kitwe, Livingstone, Lower Zambezi National Park, Lundazi, Lusaka, Mfuwe, Mongu, Mpulungu, Ndola, North Luangwa National Park, Northern Plateau, Siavonga, South Luangwa National Park, Zambezi Basin.

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 31.1 ℃ (87.98 ℉). The average minimum temperature in this month is 17.4 ℃ (63.32 ℉). The coldest month here is July, the average maximum temperature is 23.2 ℃ (73.76 ℉). The average minimum temperature in this month is 10.1 ℃ (50.18 ℉). The most rainy month here is January, the average number of rainy days is 16.6. The least rainy month here is May, the average number of rainy days is 0.

When travelling to some places in Zambia, always consider the altitude of the the place as well. The highest point here is unnamed elevation in Mafinga Hills (2301 m) and the lowest point is Zambezi river (329 m). So the differences in altitudes in this country are not negligible and you should expect the weather to be different in places in different altitudes. 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 Zambia. 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 Zambia in January is this: The average highest temperature in Zambia in January is 27.2 ℃ (80.96 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 17.6 ℃ (63.68 ℉). At the beginning of January you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.35 ℃ (81.23 ℉). At the end of January you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.9 ℃ (80.42 ℉). The average number of rainy days in January is 16.6. The average rainfall is 213.6 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 13:01 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:55 and at the end of the month 12:47.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.

February

Typical (usual) weather in Zambia in February is this: The average highest temperature in Zambia in February is 26.6 ℃ (79.88 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 17.3 ℃ (63.14 ℉). At the beginning of February you can expect higher 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 26.65 ℃ (79.97 ℉). The average number of rainy days in February is 14.8. The average rainfall is 183.5 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 12:47 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:36 and at the end of the month 12:23.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 Zambia in March is this: The average highest temperature in Zambia in March is 26.7 ℃ (80.06 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 17.2 ℃ (62.96 ℉). At the beginning of March you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.65 ℃ (79.97 ℉). At the end of March you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.55 ℃ (79.79 ℉). The average number of rainy days in March is 11. The average rainfall is 110.9 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 12:23 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:10 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.

April

Typical (usual) weather in Zambia in April is this: The average highest temperature in Zambia in April is 26.4 ℃ (79.52 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 15.3 ℃ (59.54 ℉). At the beginning of April you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 26.55 ℃ (79.79 ℉). At the end of April you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 25.75 ℃ (78.35 ℉). The average number of rainy days in April is 2. The average rainfall is 38.8 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 11:45 and at the end of the month 11:33.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.

May

Typical (usual) weather in Zambia in May is this: The average highest temperature in Zambia in May is 25.1 ℃ (77.18 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 12.9 ℃ (55.22 ℉). At the beginning of May you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 25.75 ℃ (78.35 ℉). At the end of May you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.4 ℃ (75.92 ℉). The average number of rainy days in May is 0. The average rainfall is 2.5 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 11:33 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:24 and at the end of the month 11:17.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 Zambia in June is this: The average highest temperature in Zambia in June is 23.7 ℃ (74.66 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 10.3 ℃ (50.54 ℉). At the beginning of June you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.4 ℃ (75.92 ℉). At the end of June you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 23.45 ℃ (74.21 ℉). The average number of rainy days in June is 0. The average rainfall is 0.3 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 11:17 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:13 and at the end of the month 11:13.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.

July

Typical (usual) weather in Zambia in July is this: The average highest temperature in Zambia in July is 23.2 ℃ (73.76 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 10.1 ℃ (50.18 ℉). At the beginning of July you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 23.45 ℃ (74.21 ℉). At the end of July you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.3 ℃ (75.74 ℉). The average number of rainy days in July is 0. The average rainfall is 0 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 11:13 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:17 and at the end of the month 11:24.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 Zambia in August is this: The average highest temperature in Zambia in August is 25.4 ℃ (77.72 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 12.4 ℃ (54.32 ℉). At the beginning of August you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 24.3 ℃ (75.74 ℉). At the end of August you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.6 ℃ (81.68 ℉). The average number of rainy days in August is 0. The average rainfall is 0 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 11:24 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:34 and at the end of the month 11:45.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 Zambia in September is this: The average highest temperature in Zambia in September is 29.8 ℃ (85.64 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 15.5 ℃ (59.9 ℉). At the beginning of September you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.6 ℃ (81.68 ℉). At the end of September you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 30.45 ℃ (86.81 ℉). The average number of rainy days in September is 0. The average rainfall is 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 11:45 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 11:57 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 Zambia in October is this: The average highest temperature in Zambia in October is 31.1 ℃ (87.98 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 17.4 ℃ (63.32 ℉). At the beginning of October you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 30.45 ℃ (86.81 ℉). At the end of October you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 30.25 ℃ (86.45 ℉). The average number of rainy days in October is 2. The average rainfall is 14.4 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 12:10 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:23 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, especially in mountains.

November

Typical (usual) weather in Zambia in November is this: The average highest temperature in Zambia in November is 29.4 ℃ (84.92 ℉). The average lowest temperature is 18 ℃ (64.4 ℉). At the beginning of November you can expect higher temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 30.25 ℃ (86.45 ℉). At the end of November you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 28.45 ℃ (83.21 ℉). The average number of rainy days in November is 7.9. The average rainfall is 80.5 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 12:35 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 12:46 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, especially in mountains.

December

Typical (usual) weather in Zambia in December is this: The average highest temperature in Zambia in December is 27.5 ℃ (81.5 ℉). 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 28.45 ℃ (83.21 ℉). At the end of December you can expect lower temperatures, the average highest temperature is around 27.35 ℃ (81.23 ℉). The average number of rainy days in December is 15. The average rainfall is 193.9 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 12:55 (hours and minutes), in the middle of the month 13:01 and at the end of the month 13:01.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.

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

Kawambwatemperature: 8.7 ℃ (47.66 ℉)highest temperature: 26.8 ℃ (80.24 ℉)lowest temperature: 17.1 ℃ (62.78 ℉)rainfall: 72.8mmrainy days: -
Mbalatemperature: 3.5 ℃ (38.3 ℉)highest temperature: 23.8 ℃ (74.84 ℉)lowest temperature: 15.6 ℃ (60.08 ℉)rainfall: 86.8mmrainy days: -
Mwinilungatemperature: 8.8 ℃ (47.84 ℉)highest temperature: 26.9 ℃ (80.42 ℉)lowest temperature: 17.1 ℃ (62.78 ℉)rainfall: 63.9mmrainy days: -
Misamfutemperature: 3.5 ℃ (38.3 ℉)highest temperature: 27 ℃ (80.6 ℉)lowest temperature: 16.4 ℃ (61.52 ℉)rainfall: 99.4mmrainy days: -
Mpikatemperature: 3.5 ℃ (38.3 ℉)highest temperature: 26.7 ℃ (80.06 ℉)lowest temperature: 16.7 ℃ (62.06 ℉)rainfall: 73.6mmrainy days: -
Isokatemperature: 3.6 ℃ (38.48 ℉)highest temperature: 28.6 ℃ (83.48 ℉)lowest temperature: 17.2 ℃ (62.96 ℉)rainfall: 69.5mmrainy days: -
Zambezitemperature: 3.7 ℃ (38.66 ℉)highest temperature: 29.2 ℃ (84.56 ℉)lowest temperature: 18 ℃ (64.4 ℉)rainfall: 71.4mmrainy days: -
Kasempatemperature: - highest temperature: 28.8 ℃ (83.84 ℉)lowest temperature: 17.2 ℃ (62.96 ℉)rainfall: 91.7mmrainy days: -
Kabompotemperature: 8.6 ℃ (47.48 ℉)highest temperature: 29.6 ℃ (85.28 ℉)lowest temperature: 17.9 ℃ (64.22 ℉)rainfall: 75.6mmrainy days: -
Kafirondatemperature: 3.5 ℃ (38.3 ℉)highest temperature: 27.4 ℃ (81.32 ℉)lowest temperature: 17 ℃ (62.6 ℉)rainfall: 96.1mmrainy days: -
Serenjetemperature: - highest temperature: 26.3 ℃ (79.34 ℉)lowest temperature: 16.5 ℃ (61.7 ℉)rainfall: 82.4mmrainy days: -
Msekeratemperature: - highest temperature: 29.8 ℃ (85.64 ℉)lowest temperature: 19.2 ℃ (66.56 ℉)rainfall: 86.5mmrainy days: -
Lundazitemperature: - highest temperature: 28.6 ℃ (83.48 ℉)lowest temperature: 18.1 ℃ (64.58 ℉)rainfall: 66.5mmrainy days: -
Mfuwetemperature: - highest temperature: 33.5 ℃ (92.3 ℉)lowest temperature: 21.4 ℃ (70.52 ℉)rainfall: 90.3mmrainy days: -
Kaomatemperature: 1.6 ℃ (34.88 ℉)highest temperature: 29.1 ℃ (84.38 ℉)lowest temperature: 18.2 ℃ (64.76 ℉)rainfall: 73.6mmrainy days: -
Mumbwatemperature: - highest temperature: 28.4 ℃ (83.12 ℉)lowest temperature: 18 ℃ (64.4 ℉)rainfall: 80.5mmrainy days: -
Kafue Poldertemperature: 3.5 ℃ (38.3 ℉)highest temperature: 28.9 ℃ (84.02 ℉)lowest temperature: 1.3 ℃ (34.34 ℉)rainfall: 89.2mmrainy days: -
Kabwe Agrictemperature: 1.6 ℃ (34.88 ℉)highest temperature: 28.8 ℃ (83.84 ℉)lowest temperature: 17.5 ℃ (63.5 ℉)rainfall: 106.5mmrainy days: -
Mount Makulutemperature: 7.8 ℃ (46.04 ℉)highest temperature: 28.4 ℃ (83.12 ℉)lowest temperature: 18.2 ℃ (64.76 ℉)rainfall: 72.3mmrainy days: -
Petauketemperature: - highest temperature: 27.3 ℃ (81.14 ℉)lowest temperature: 18.2 ℃ (64.76 ℉)rainfall: 83.4mmrainy days: -
Senangatemperature: - highest temperature: 31.8 ℃ (89.24 ℉)lowest temperature: 19.4 ℃ (66.92 ℉)rainfall: 56.3mmrainy days: -
Sesheketemperature: 0.6 ℃ (33.08 ℉)highest temperature: 31.7 ℃ (89.06 ℉)lowest temperature: 18.9 ℃ (66.02 ℉)rainfall: 57.8mmrainy days: -
Magoyetemperature: - highest temperature: 30.4 ℃ (86.72 ℉)lowest temperature: 18.6 ℃ (65.48 ℉)rainfall: 80.3mmrainy days: -
Chomatemperature: 3.5 ℃ (38.3 ℉)highest temperature: 27.9 ℃ (82.22 ℉)lowest temperature: 17.4 ℃ (63.32 ℉)rainfall: 110.5mmrainy 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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