Climate and average weather in Tanzania
Just south of the equator, Tanzania has (with the exception of certain areas) a tropical climate that is influenced by the Indian Ocean. Nevertheless, there are still differences per region; it is tropical on the coast and can freeze on Mount Kilimanjaro. The coolest months occur when it's summer in the northern hemisphere. However generally all-year round the weather remains pleasant and comfortable. Between June to October, temperatures range from around 10 degrees Celsius (50° Fahrenheit) in the northern highlands to about 23 degrees Celsius (73° Fahrenheit) on the coast.
The main rainy season, or the 'long rains' falls from March till May. The long dry season lasts throughout June, July, August, September and October when rainfall is unusual, even on the islands. During November and December there's another rainy season: the 'short rains'. These are much lighter than the main rains and less constant.
The relatively cool and dry period from June to October and the hot, dry period from December to February are the most favorable travel periods.
Interested in more detailed information on the Weather and Climate in Tanzania?
Please select the city 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 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.
Islands of Tanzania
Places in Tanzania
Select a city to see its average temperature, precipitation and hours of sunshine over the year.
- Dar es Salaam
- Mount Kilimanjaro
- Mto wa Mbu