Climate and Average Weather in the Gambia

Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa and it has a tropical Savannah climate. This means Gambia has tropical temperatures, which during the day fall between 31 and 38 degrees Celsius (87.8° - 100° Fahrenheit) throughout the year.

Close to the coast, the temperature can be slightly cooler, but no more than 1 or 2 degrees difference with the interior. However, the feeling temperature can be slightly nicer due to the presence of a light breeze. In winter it is slightly cooler at night; minimum temperatures are around 18 to 20 degrees Celsius (64° - 68° F).

Gambia has two distinct seasons: a very dry period and a real rainy season. From late October to early June it is very dry in Gambia. It rarely rains and once it rains, the quantities are generally very low. From the 2nd or 3rd week of June you will see a clear change in the weather. Humidity increases and the chance of rain increases enormously from the second half of June to the second half of October. This is the rainy season. The precipitation almost always falls in the form of (sometimes heavy) showers, which occur mainly at the end of the afternoon or after sunset.

The dry period November to January is the best travel time for Gambia. It is still tropically warm, but there is hardly any precipitation. From February it starts to get seriously hot, even unpleasantly warm. Maximum temperatures in March and April rise to about 40 degrees Celsius (104° F). In June, when the rainy season begins, temperatures drop slightly. However increasing humidity makes it even feel even hotter. If you want to just enjoy the beach of Gambia you can also schedule your holiday from November to May.

Interested in more detailed Weather and Climate information?
Please select the city below you wish to travel to, or the one closest to your destination. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Average minimum and maximum temperatures over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
On certain pages we also offer other historical weather data like humidity, wind speed and water temperature.

Places in the Gambia

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