The best times to visit Ethiopia for ideal weather are

October 15th to April 1st

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

 

 


Other Ethiopia Travel Info

Weather in Ethiopia

Temperature

Average temperatures in Ethiopia vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 82nd 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 Ethiopia, the hottest months are March, April, and then May. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late March where highs are regularly around 84°F (28.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 59.7°F (15.4°C) at night.

Ethiopia Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Ethiopia 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.

Ethiopia Perceived Temperature (F)

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Ethiopia Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Ethiopia 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

MonthAvg. High (°F)Avg. Mean (°F)Avg. Low (°F)
Jan8069.853.8
Feb82.872.456
Mar83.873.858.6
Apr82.973.560.1
May81.47360.6
Jun80.171.860.2
Jul76.368.959.4
Aug76.468.759.2
Sep77.969.658.7
Oct78.669.956.7
Nov78.769.554.7
Dec78.96953

Show Celsius

MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
Jan26.72112.1
Feb28.222.413.3
Mar28.823.214.8
Apr28.323.115.6
May27.422.815.9
Jun26.722.115.7
Jul24.620.515.2
Aug24.720.415.1
Sep25.520.914.8
Oct25.921.113.7
Nov25.920.812.6
Dec26.120.611.7

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Ethiopia are January, December, and then February. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid December. For example, on the week of December 17th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late July with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of July 23rd.

When can you find snow in Ethiopia? 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 Ethiopia.

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Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

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Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
Jan3%00.5
Feb4%00.4
Mar10%01.4
Apr20%03
May26%04.3
Jun26%04.2
Jul42%07
Aug45%07.4
Sep34%04.7
Oct19%03
Nov10%01.6
Dec3%00.4

Show Centimeters

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan301.3
Feb401
Mar1003.6
Apr2007.6
May26010.9
Jun26010.7
Jul42017.8
Aug45018.8
Sep34011.9
Oct1907.6
Nov1004.1
Dec301

 

Humidity and Wind

Ethiopia has some humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is February (33.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (64.6%).

Wind in Ethiopia is usually calm. The windiest month is July, followed by March and June. July’s average wind speed of around 5.4 knots (6.2 MPH or 9.9 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 March where average top sustained speeds reach 9.6 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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.

MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
Jan5Light breeze8.5Gentle breeze
Feb5.2Light breeze9Gentle breeze
Mar5.3Light breeze9Gentle breeze
Apr5Light breeze8.8Gentle breeze
May5Light breeze8.8Gentle breeze
Jun5.2Light breeze9Gentle breeze
Jul5.4Light breeze8.9Gentle breeze
Aug4.9Light breeze8.2Gentle breeze
Sep4.5Light breeze7.8Gentle breeze
Oct4.7Light breeze8.4Gentle breeze
Nov4.7Light breeze8.2Gentle breeze
Dec4.8Light breeze8Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
Jan39.2%
Feb33.9%
Mar34.8%
Apr44%
May50.5%
Jun53.5%
Jul63.1%
Aug64.6%
Sep60.4%
Oct52.4%
Nov46.8%
Dec41.3%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Ethiopia?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Ethiopia; 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. This advisory was last updated on Sep 20, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Ethiopia is July, followed by October and February. 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 Ethiopia 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

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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 78.6 in September means 78.6% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall Ethiopia Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 84°F (28.9°C) and 80.8°F (27.1°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 3 to 8 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 comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 8 to 14 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Ethiopia, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 79.3°F (26.3°C) and 76.6°F (24.8°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 3 to 10 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Ethiopia to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 83.9°F (28.8°C) and 78.5°F (25.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: consistently 1 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

 

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