The best times to visit Bamako for ideal weather are
November 26th to February 4th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Bamako Travel Guide
Other Bamako Travel Info
Weather in Bamako
Average temperatures in Bamako vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for most of the year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 26th 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 Bamako, the hottest months are April, May, and then March. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid April where highs are regularly around 103.9°F (39.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 77.3°F (25.2°C) at night.
Bamako Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Bamako 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.
Bamako Perceived Temperature (F)
Bamako Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Bamako 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 Bamako are January, February, and then March. 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 mid to late August with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of August 20th.
When can you find snow in Bamako? 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 Bamako.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Bamako (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
Bamako has some very humid months, with some extremely dry months. The least humid month is February (8.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (79.4%).
Wind in Bamako is usually calm. The windiest month is February, followed by January and December. February’s average wind speed of around 6.5 knots (7.5 MPH or 12.1 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early June where average top sustained speeds reach 15.3 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Bamako.
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||6.5||Light breeze||12.2||Significant breeze|
|Feb||6.5||Light breeze||12.6||Significant breeze|
|Mar||5.9||Light breeze||12.3||Significant breeze|
|Apr||5.4||Light breeze||12.4||Significant breeze|
|May||5.9||Light breeze||13.6||Significant breeze|
|Jun||5.9||Light breeze||14.8||Significant breeze|
|Jul||4.6||Light breeze||12.5||Significant breeze|
|Aug||4.1||Light breeze||11.3||Significant breeze|
|Sep||3.3||Barely noticeable||10.7||Significant breeze|
|Oct||3.2||Barely noticeable||9.6||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||4.5||Light breeze||10.2||Significant breeze|
|Dec||6.1||Light breeze||11.9||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Bamako?
Our best data indicates this area is generally not safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are very strong travel warnings for Mali; avoid all travel. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 30, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Bamako, Mali is October, followed by November and July. 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 Bamako in September. 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 Bamako Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very warm. Highs range from 103.9°F (39.9°C) and 98.8°F (37.1°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 0 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 9 to 14 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Bamako, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 96.7°F (35.9°C) and 88.1°F (31.2°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 0 to 11 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Bamako to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 98.8°F (37.1°C) and 88.5°F (31.4°C). On average, it rains or snows a insignificant amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.