The best times to visit Addis Ababa for ideal weather are
October 15th to April 1st
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Addis Ababa Travel Guide
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Weather in Addis Ababa
Average temperatures in Addis Ababa vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 83rd percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Addis Ababa, the hottest months are May, April, and then March. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid May where highs are regularly around 78.4°F (25.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 57.1°F (13.9°C) at night.
Addis Ababa Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Addis Ababa Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Addis Ababa Perceived Temperature (F)
Addis Ababa Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Addis Ababa Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Addis Ababa are November, January, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late July with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of July 23rd.
When can you find snow in Addis Ababa? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Addis Ababa.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Addis Ababa (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Addis Ababa has some very humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is March (34.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (73.1%).
Wind in Addis Ababa is usually moderate. The windiest month is February, followed by October and March. February’s average wind speed of around 8.2 knots (9.5 MPH or 15.2 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid October where average top sustained speeds reach 16.4 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Addis Ababa.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||7.8||Gentle breeze||13.7||Significant breeze|
|Feb||8.2||Gentle breeze||14.6||Significant breeze|
|Mar||8||Gentle breeze||14.1||Significant breeze|
|Apr||7.5||Gentle breeze||14.2||Significant breeze|
|May||6.9||Light breeze||14.3||Significant breeze|
|Jun||5.8||Light breeze||11.8||Significant breeze|
|Jul||5.7||Light breeze||11.1||Significant breeze|
|Aug||5.3||Light breeze||10.4||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||5.3||Light breeze||11.1||Significant breeze|
|Oct||8||Gentle breeze||15.2||Significant breeze|
|Nov||7.6||Gentle breeze||14||Significant breeze|
|Dec||7.5||Gentle breeze||12.7||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Addis Ababa?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Ethiopia; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 20, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is November, followed by June and February. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Addis Ababa in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Addis Ababa Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 78.4°F (25.8°C) and 75.9°F (24.4°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 5 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 8 to 18 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Addis Ababa, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 74.2°F (23.4°C) and 69.5°F (20.8°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 0 to 10 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is somewhat cool this time of year in Addis Ababa to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 77.9°F (25.5°C) and 71.9°F (22.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: consistently 1 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.