Climate and Average Weather in Tanzania

Just south of the equator, Tanzania has (with the exception of certain areas) a tropical savanna 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 (June - September). 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 Weather and Climate information for Tanzania?
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. 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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Islands of Tanzania

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