The best times to visit Dakar for ideal weather are

December 10th to May 13th

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

 

 


Other Dakar Travel Info

Weather in Dakar

Temperature

Average temperatures in Dakar vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 56th 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 Dakar, the hottest months are October, September, and then August. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early October where highs are regularly around 89.4°F (31.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 78.8°F (26°C) at night.

Dakar Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Dakar 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.

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Dakar Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Dakar 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 80.4 71.7 66.4
Feb 78.5 70 64.5
Mar 78.5 70.6 65.6
Apr 77.9 71.1 66.7
May 80.4 74.2 70
Jun 84.5 78.6 74.7
Jul 86.9 81.4 77.6
Aug 87.3 81.7 77.3
Sep 88 81.9 77
Oct 88.8 82.5 77.9
Nov 86.3 79.4 74.5
Dec 82.3 75.1 70.3

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 26.9 22.1 19.1
Feb 25.8 21.1 18.1
Mar 25.8 21.4 18.7
Apr 25.5 21.7 19.3
May 26.9 23.4 21.1
Jun 29.2 25.9 23.7
Jul 30.5 27.4 25.3
Aug 30.7 27.6 25.2
Sep 31.1 27.7 25
Oct 31.6 28.1 25.5
Nov 30.2 26.3 23.6
Dec 27.9 23.9 21.3

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Dakar 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 late August to early September with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of August 27th.

When can you find snow in Dakar? 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 Dakar.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Dakar (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 0% 0 0
Feb 0% 0 0
Mar 0% 0 0
Apr 0% 0 0
May 0% 0 0
Jun 1% 0 0.6
Jul 12% 0 1.9
Aug 32% 0 9.9
Sep 34% 0 7.5
Oct 4% 0 0.8
Nov 0% 0 0
Dec 1% 0 1

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 0 0 0
Feb 0 0 0
Mar 0 0 0
Apr 0 0 0
May 0 0 0
Jun 1 0 1.5
Jul 12 0 4.8
Aug 32 0 25.1
Sep 34 0 19.1
Oct 4 0 2
Nov 0 0 0
Dec 1 0 2.5

 

Humidity and Wind

Dakar has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is January (50.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (79.7%).

Wind in Dakar is usually moderate. The windiest month is March, followed by April and February. March’s average wind speed of around 10.8 knots (12.4 MPH or 20 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 March where average top sustained speeds reach 16.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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Wind

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

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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 9.2 Gentle breeze 13.9 Significant breeze
Feb 10.5 Gentle breeze 15.4 Significant breeze
Mar 10.8 Gentle breeze 15.5 Significant breeze
Apr 10.7 Gentle breeze 15.5 Significant breeze
May 9.1 Gentle breeze 14 Significant breeze
Jun 6.9 Light breeze 11.5 Significant breeze
Jul 6.3 Light breeze 11.1 Significant breeze
Aug 5.7 Light breeze 11.7 Significant breeze
Sep 4.9 Light breeze 11.3 Significant breeze
Oct 5.8 Light breeze 10.8 Gentle breeze
Nov 8.2 Gentle breeze 12.8 Significant breeze
Dec 8.8 Gentle breeze 13.2 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 50.1%
Feb 60.3%
Mar 67.7%
Apr 75%
May 74.1%
Jun 72.6%
Jul 71.7%
Aug 76.9%
Sep 79.7%
Oct 74.3%
Nov 62.5%
Dec 53%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Dakar?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for Senegal; 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 22, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Dakar, Senegal is January, followed by December and August. 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 Dakar in July. 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 very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 56 in July means 56% of the tourists vs. January.

 

 

Overall Dakar Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 82.3°F (27.9°C) and 76.6°F (24.8°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is nonexistent with roughly 0 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 very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 0 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the slowest season for tourism in Dakar, so lodging and other accommodations may cost less than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 89.4°F (31.9°C) and 83.2°F (28.4°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 10 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Dakar to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 84.4°F (29.1°C) and 77.9°F (25.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a insignificant amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

 

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