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Climate and Weather of Ethiopia

Ethiopia is affected by a number of geological features that have a strong influence on its climate. The predominant climate type however is a tropical monsoon climate. The Ethiopian Highlands cover most of the country and the weather is generally considerably cooler than other regions at a similar proximity to the Equator. East of the plateau, the landscape transitions into the drier Highlands of Somalia, where you will find an arid climate type. In the northeast and southeast you will experience a warm desert climate.

There are quite large differences in the total amount of precipitation within the country. The huge variations in landscape and altitude make for a country with lush green nature areas, but also large areas where drought causes hunger and disease. The highest mountain peaks of Ethiopia can have eternal snow, such as the 4377 meter (14.360 ft) high mountain Tullu Dimtu.

What is the best time of year to visit Ethiopia?
The best time to visit Ethiopia would be between January and March when average daily temperatures reach an average of 25°C. The dry season runs from September through to March which is also a good period for travelling Ethiopia. Rainy season starts in July till the end of September.

Are you interested in more detailed information for various cities in Ethiopia?
Please select the city you plan to visit, or one closest to your destination. For each selected city, you will see the following graphs:
1. Yearly average minimum and maximum temperatures
2. Monthly averages of precipitation throughout the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Monthly average hours of sunshine throughout the year

Additionally, some pages provide historical weather data such as humidity, wind speed, and water temperature.

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