The best times to visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo for ideal weather are

May 21st 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.

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Weather in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Temperature

Average temperatures in the Democratic Republic of the Congo vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for most of the year with a very low chance of rain throughout the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 30th 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 the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the hottest months are March, April, and then February. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid March where highs are regularly around 90.6°F (32.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 74°F (23.3°C) at night.

the Democratic Republic of the Congo Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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the Democratic Republic of the Congo 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.

the Democratic Republic of the Congo Perceived Temperature (F)

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the Democratic Republic of the Congo Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average the Democratic Republic of the Congo 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 85 79.8 72.2
Feb 86.7 80.7 72.6
Mar 90.4 82.5 72.7
Apr 87.9 81.2 71.6
May 86.1 80.2 72.2
Jun 86.1 79.6 69.8
Jul 83.1 77 68.8
Aug 83.5 77.8 70.5
Sep 85.8 79.7 71.4
Oct 86.6 80.5 72.5
Nov 85.7 79.7 70.5
Dec 84.8 78.7 71.1

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 29.4 26.6 22.3
Feb 30.4 27.1 22.6
Mar 32.4 28.1 22.6
Apr 31.1 27.3 22
May 30.1 26.8 22.3
Jun 30.1 26.4 21
Jul 28.4 25 20.4
Aug 28.6 25.4 21.4
Sep 29.9 26.5 21.9
Oct 30.3 26.9 22.5
Nov 29.8 26.5 21.4
Dec 29.3 25.9 21.7

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Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 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 June. For example, on the week of June 4th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid May with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of May 7th.

When can you find snow in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? 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.

Chanceof Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (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 8% 0 1.7
Feb 2% 0 0.6
Mar 3% 0 0.7
Apr 13% 0 5.7
May 21% 0 7.3
Jun 0% 0 0
Jul 0% 0 0
Aug 1% 0 0
Sep 9% 0 2.3
Oct 6% 0 2
Nov 20% 0 3.8
Dec 15% 0 4.5

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 8 0 4.3
Feb 2 0 1.5
Mar 3 0 1.8
Apr 13 0 14.5
May 21 0 18.5
Jun 0 0 0
Jul 0 0 0
Aug 1 0 0
Sep 9 0 5.8
Oct 6 0 5.1
Nov 20 0 9.7
Dec 15 0 11.4

 

Humidity and Wind

the Democratic Republic of the Congo has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is September (56.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (69.3%).

Wind in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is usually calm. The windiest month is October, followed by September and July. October’s average wind speed of around 6.7 knots (7.7 MPH or 12.4 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 October where average top sustained speeds reach 11.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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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 4.6 Light breeze 7.7 Gentle breeze
Feb 4.2 Light breeze 7.4 Gentle breeze
Mar 4.5 Light breeze 7.4 Gentle breeze
Apr 5.3 Light breeze 7.9 Gentle breeze
May 5.4 Light breeze 8.4 Gentle breeze
Jun 4.4 Light breeze 6.8 Light breeze
Jul 5.7 Light breeze 8.5 Gentle breeze
Aug 5.1 Light breeze 7.7 Gentle breeze
Sep 5.9 Light breeze 9.3 Gentle breeze
Oct 6.7 Light breeze 9.7 Gentle breeze
Nov 4.6 Light breeze 7.4 Gentle breeze
Dec 4.2 Light breeze 6.8 Light breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 68.9%
Feb 65.5%
Mar 63.5%
Apr 62.7%
May 64.9%
Jun 61.5%
Jul 58%
Aug 60%
Sep 56.4%
Oct 60.4%
Nov 69.3%
Dec 69.1%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat unsafe, especially in some areas. As of Jan 22, 2018 there are strong travel warnings and regional advisories for the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa); avoid non-essential travel and all travel to some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is February, followed by December 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 the Democratic Republic of the Congo in May. 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 54.5 in May means 54.5% of the tourists vs. February.


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Overall the Democratic Republic of the Congo Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 90.6°F (32.6°C) and 83.9°F (28.8°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 6 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 very comfortable 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 the Democratic Republic of the Congo, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 88.1°F (31.2°C) and 83°F (28.3°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 6 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 88.1°F (31.2°C) and 83.9°F (28.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 5 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

 

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