Climate and average weather in Mauritania
Most of Mauritania (about two-thirds of the country) has a Saharan climate. Daytime temperatures exceed 38 degrees Celsius (100° Fahrenheit) in most areas for over 6 months of the year, however the nights are cool. The best time to visit is November-February, when temperatures are hot during the day, but cooler at night (highs around 30 degrees Celsius / 85° Fahrenheit and lows around 13° degrees Celsius (55° Fahrenheit).
Although conditions are generally desert like, three climatic regions can be found. Southern Mauritania has a Sahelian climate; there is one rainy season from July to October. Annual rainfall averages 66 cm (26 in) in the far south; at Nouakchott the annual average is 14 cm (5.5 in).
Trade winds moderate the temperature in the coastal region. The average maximum temperature at Nouadhibou for January is 26° C (79° F ), and for October 32° C (90° F ); average minimums are 13° C (55° F ) for January and 19° C (66° F ) for July.
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1. Average minimum and maximum temperature over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow)
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 Mauritania
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