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Calandula Waterfalls (Duque de Bragança), Malanje, Angola. Author Mario Pinho. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution
Calandula Waterfalls (Duque de Bragança), Malanje, Angola. Author Mario Pinho

Angola climate: when to go to Angola

Angola presents a wide range of climatic zones. The north of the country has a hot and humid tropical climate, going towards south the climate is drier and become desertic in the far south near the border with Namibia. The central plateau region has a temperate tropical climate, wet between October and March.

In the northern Angola intense rains fall between September and May. In the interior highlands the rainy season lasts from November to April, while the cold and dry season from May to October. In the southern region the rains occur between December and March.

In general most rain fall in the north of the country, but at any latitude rain is more intense in the interior that along the coast and increases with altitude.

Road to Bimbe, Angola. Author Nite_Owl. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Road to Bimbe, Angola. Author Nite_Owl

The rains are abundant in the northern and central highlands (average between 1,250 and 1,750 mm) and decreased along the coastal plains (average between 250 and 1,000 mm), however in the southern part of the country, south of Benguela the average annual rainfall is less than 100 mm. The Benguela current makes the coastal regions of Angola, arid or semi-arid, the average annual rainfall along the coast is only 50 mm in Namibe, and 340 mm in Luanda.

Temperatures fluctuate much less than rain and generally decreases with increasing distance from the equator, from the coast and altitude. The annual average temperatures along the north coast is around 26°C, while in the interior highlands annual average is 19°C. The coldest months are July and August.

The climate of the capital Luanda is moderately tropical, with a fresh and dry season between June and September, and a hot and humid season between October and May. Luanda receives an average of about 340 mm of rain a year. The sea water temperature varies between 22 ° C of the coldest months, and reaches 29 ° C in March.

WHEN TO GO TO ANGOLA

The best time to visit Angola are the cool and dry months between June and September.

ANGOLA CLIMATE TABLES

LUANDA (6 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 23,9 29,5 30 4
February 24,7 30,5 36 5
March 24,6 30,7 114 9
April 24,3 30,2 136 11
May 23,3 28,8 16 2
June 20,3 25,7 0 0
July 18,7 23,9 0 0
August 18,8 24,0 1 1
September 20,2 25,4 2 3
October 22,0 26,8 7 5
November 23,3 28,4 32 8
December 23,5 28,6 31 5
YEAR 22,3 27,7 405 53

HUAMBO (1721 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 14,4 24,9 220 20
February 14,2 25,2 179 17
March 14,4 25,0 239 22
April 13,7 25,5 146 14
May 10,5 25,4 14 3
June 7,8 24,6 0 0
July 7,9 25,0 0 0
August 10,3 27,2 1 0
September 13,0 28,7 9 4
October 14,2 27,3 119 16
November 14,3 25,2 227 21
December 14,3 24,9 234 21
YEAR 12,4 25,7 1398 138
LUANDA
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 27
February 28
March 29
April 28
May 27
June 24
July 22
August 22
September 22
October 24
November 26
December 27

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