The best times to visit Bulawayo for ideal weather are

March 26th to June 3rd

or

August 6th to October 7th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Bulawayo Travel Info

Weather in Bulawayo

Temperature

Average temperatures in Bulawayo vary somewhat. 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 68th 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 Bulawayo, the hottest months are October, November, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid October where highs are regularly around 91.9°F (33.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 61°F (16.1°C) at night.

Bulawayo Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Bulawayo Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

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.

Bulawayo Perceived Temperature (F)

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Bulawayo Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Bulawayo 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.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 83.4 73.3 62.9
Feb 85.1 73.6 61.8
Mar 84.5 72.3 60.3
Apr 80.1 67.9 55.8
May 79.4 65.7 51
Jun 74.8 61 46.5
Jul 74 60.9 46.6
Aug 78.9 65.9 49.9
Sep 86.3 73.1 56.5
Oct 88.5 76.1 60.5
Nov 87 76 63.4
Dec 83.9 73.9 63.2

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 28.6 22.9 17.2
Feb 29.5 23.1 16.6
Mar 29.2 22.4 15.7
Apr 26.7 19.9 13.2
May 26.3 18.7 10.6
Jun 23.8 16.1 8.1
Jul 23.3 16.1 8.1
Aug 26.1 18.8 9.9
Sep 30.2 22.8 13.6
Oct 31.4 24.5 15.8
Nov 30.6 24.4 17.4
Dec 28.8 23.3 17.3

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Bulawayo are June, July, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid May. For example, on the week of May 7th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid December with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of December 10th.

When can you find snow in Bulawayo? 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 Bulawayo.

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Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Bulawayo (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 26% 0 5.1
Feb 18% 0 2.4
Mar 14% 0 2.2
Apr 10% 0 2
May 1% 0 0.3
Jun 0% 0 0
Jul 0% 0 0
Aug 0% 0 0
Sep 1% 0 0.1
Oct 4% 0 0.5
Nov 20% 0 2.8
Dec 25% 0 4.3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 26 0 13
Feb 18 0 6.1
Mar 14 0 5.6
Apr 10 0 5.1
May 1 0 0.8
Jun 0 0 0
Jul 0 0 0
Aug 0 0 0
Sep 1 0 0.3
Oct 4 0 1.3
Nov 20 0 7.1
Dec 25 0 10.9

 

Humidity and Wind

Bulawayo has some comfortably humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is September (21.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (57.3%).

Wind in Bulawayo is usually moderate. The windiest month is October, followed by September and November. October’s average wind speed of around 9.2 knots (10.5 MPH or 17 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 14.2 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Bulawayo.

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Avg. Relative Humidity

Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Daily Wind

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 7.3 Gentle breeze 11.4 Significant breeze
Feb 7.4 Gentle breeze 11.6 Significant breeze
Mar 7.4 Gentle breeze 11.6 Significant breeze
Apr 7.6 Gentle breeze 11.7 Significant breeze
May 6.9 Light breeze 10.9 Significant breeze
Jun 7.2 Gentle breeze 11.2 Significant breeze
Jul 7.7 Gentle breeze 11.6 Significant breeze
Aug 8.2 Gentle breeze 12.3 Significant breeze
Sep 8.8 Gentle breeze 13.5 Significant breeze
Oct 9.2 Gentle breeze 13.8 Significant breeze
Nov 8.2 Gentle breeze 13 Significant breeze
Dec 7.4 Gentle breeze 11.9 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 57.3%
Feb 51.4%
Mar 50.9%
Apr 48.7%
May 35.4%
Jun 33.6%
Jul 31.1%
Aug 24%
Sep 21.9%
Oct 27.1%
Nov 38.2%
Dec 53.6%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Bulawayo?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for Zimbabwe; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 27, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe is June, followed by November and January. 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 Bulawayo in March. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 51.5 in March means 51.5% of the tourists vs. June.

 

 

Overall Bulawayo Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 86.1°F (30.1°C) and 76.7°F (24.8°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 0 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Bulawayo, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 91.9°F (33.3°C) and 83.8°F (28.8°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 6 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Bulawayo to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 85.9°F (29.9°C) and 81.2°F (27.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 8 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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