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.
Ethiopia Travel Guide
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Weather in Ethiopia
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)
Ethiopia Temperatures (Celsius)
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)
Ethiopia Perceived Temperature (C)
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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
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.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Ethiopia (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
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.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||5||Light breeze||8.5||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||5.2||Light breeze||9||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||5.3||Light breeze||9||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||5||Light breeze||8.8||Gentle breeze|
|May||5||Light breeze||8.8||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||5.2||Light breeze||9||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||5.4||Light breeze||8.9||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||4.9||Light breeze||8.2||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||4.5||Light breeze||7.8||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||4.7||Light breeze||8.4||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||4.7||Light breeze||8.2||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||4.8||Light breeze||8||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
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
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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