The best times to visit Burkina Faso for ideal weather are

October 29th to April 15th

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

 


Burkina Faso Travel Guide

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in Burkina Faso

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Burkina Faso vary very little and are too warm to be considered temperate for most. The area is in the bottom 3 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Burkina Faso, 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 103.7°F (39.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 80.5°F (26.9°C) at night.

    Burkina Faso Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    Average
    Low

    Burkina Faso Temperatures (Celsius)

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    Low

    “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.

    Burkina Faso Perceived Temperature (F)

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    Burkina Faso Perceived Temperature (C)

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    Average Burkina Faso 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 91.6 77.2 63.9
    Feb 98.2 84 70.6
    Mar 102.3 89.3 76.9
    Apr 103.1 91.1 80.2
    May 100.4 89.4 79.9
    Jun 95.6 85.6 76.9
    Jul 90.4 81.4 74
    Aug 87.8 79.4 72.8
    Sep 90.1 80.5 73
    Oct 95.6 83.9 74.6
    Nov 97.9 83.4 70.1
    Dec 92.9 78.2 64.7

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 33.1 25.1 17.7
    Feb 36.8 28.9 21.4
    Mar 39.1 31.8 24.9
    Apr 39.5 32.8 26.8
    May 38 31.9 26.6
    Jun 35.3 29.8 24.9
    Jul 32.4 27.4 23.3
    Aug 31 26.3 22.7
    Sep 32.3 26.9 22.8
    Oct 35.3 28.8 23.7
    Nov 36.6 28.6 21.2
    Dec 33.8 25.7 18.2

     

    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in Burkina Faso are August, September, and then July. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are only 0 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early-to-mid-August with an average of 4.2 days with significant precipitation the week of August 6th.

    When can you find snow in Burkina Faso? 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 Burkina Faso.

    Key
    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

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

    Key
    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 0 0 0
    Feb 1.4 0 0.01
    Mar 2.9 0 0.01
    Apr 11.4 0 0.05
    May 21.4 0 0.11
    Jun 30 0 0.17
    Jul 45.7 0 0.29
    Aug 57.1 0 0.38
    Sep 47.1 0 0.28
    Oct 20 0 0.08
    Nov 1.4 0 0.01
    Dec 0 0 0

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 0 0 0
    Feb 1.4 0 0.03
    Mar 2.9 0 0.03
    Apr 11.4 0 0.13
    May 21.4 0 0.28
    Jun 30 0 0.43
    Jul 45.7 0 0.74
    Aug 57.1 0 0.97
    Sep 47.1 0 0.71
    Oct 20 0 0.2
    Nov 1.4 0 0.03
    Dec 0 0 0

     

    Humidity and Wind

    Burkina Faso has below average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is February (11.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (75.5%).

    Wind in Burkina Faso is usually moderate. The windiest month is May, followed by June and April. May’s average wind speed of around 4.9 knots (5.6 MPH or 9.1 KPH) is considered “light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early-to-mid-May where average top sustained speeds reach 10.2 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

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

    Key
    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

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

    Key
    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    Average Wind Speeds

    Show Wind Speeds

    All wind speeds are in knots.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 4.2 a light breeze 8.8 a gentle breeze
    Feb 4.2 a light breeze 8.9 a gentle breeze
    Mar 4.1 a light breeze 8.9 a gentle breeze
    Apr 4.5 a light breeze 9.2 a gentle breeze
    May 4.9 a light breeze 9.8 a gentle breeze
    Jun 4.9 a light breeze 9.6 a gentle breeze
    Jul 4.1 a light breeze 8.6 a gentle breeze
    Aug 3.5 light air 7.8 a gentle breeze
    Sep 2.9 light air 7.4 a gentle breeze
    Oct 2.9 light air 6.8 a light breeze
    Nov 2.8 light air 7.1 a gentle breeze
    Dec 3.8 light air 8.4 a gentle breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 12.1
    Feb 11.7
    Mar 15.3
    Apr 28.1
    May 43.2
    Jun 54.6
    Jul 67.7
    Aug 75.5
    Sep 72.4
    Oct 55.6
    Nov 27.8
    Dec 15.6

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Burkina Faso?

    As of 6/27/2017 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Burkina Faso; 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.
     

    Overall Burkina Faso Travel Experience by Season

    Spring (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very warm. Highs range from 103.7°F (39.8°C) and 98.2°F (36.8°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 7 days of precipitation per month. Spring is slow/unreported for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

    Summer (June through August)

    The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 9 to 18 days of precipitation per month. June – August is slow/unreported season for tourism in Burkina Faso, so lodging and other accommodations may cost as much as usual.

    Fall (September through November)

    Fall daily highs range from 98.4°F (36.9°C) and 88.3°F (31.3°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a fair amount: 0 to 14 days per month. Tourism is slow/unreported during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be normally priced.

    Winter (December through February)

    Weather is perfect this time of year in Burkina Faso to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 99°F (37.2°C) and 89.1°F (31.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a barely noticeable amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are slow/unreported with tourists.