The best times to visit Lilongwe for ideal weather are

July 30th to October 14th

or

January 8th to June 17th

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

 


Lilongwe Travel Guide

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

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Lilongwe vary very little and are temperate for about half of the year. The area is in the top 48 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 Lilongwe, the hottest months are October, November, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late October where highs are regularly around 87.7°F (30.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 65.3°F (18.5°C) at night.

    Lilongwe Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

    Key
    High
    Average
    Low

    Lilongwe Temperatures (Celsius)

    Key
    High
    Average
    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.

    Lilongwe Perceived Temperature (F)

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    High
    Average
    Low

    Lilongwe Perceived Temperature (C)

    Key
    High
    Average
    Low

     

    Average Lilongwe 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 79.3 73.6 65
    Feb 79 72.7 63.2
    Mar 78.7 72.5 62.5
    Apr 77.8 70.9 59.1
    May 77.3 69.8 54.4
    Jun 74.4 65.9 49.8
    Jul 72.8 64.2 47.2
    Aug 76 67.5 50.2
    Sep 81.1 73.2 56.2
    Oct 84.8 78.1 63.1
    Nov 84.4 78 65.8
    Dec 80.1 74.6 65.9

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 26.3 23.1 18.3
    Feb 26.1 22.6 17.3
    Mar 25.9 22.5 16.9
    Apr 25.4 21.6 15.1
    May 25.2 21 12.4
    Jun 23.6 18.8 9.9
    Jul 22.7 17.9 8.4
    Aug 24.4 19.7 10.1
    Sep 27.3 22.9 13.4
    Oct 29.3 25.6 17.3
    Nov 29.1 25.6 18.8
    Dec 26.7 23.7 18.8

     
    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 Lilongwe.

    Key
    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

    The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Lilongwe (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 37.1 0 0.18
    Feb 48.6 0 0.22
    Mar 35.7 0 0.11
    Apr 15.7 0 0.09
    May 1.4 0 0
    Jun 0 0 0
    Jul 1.4 0 0
    Aug 2.9 0 0
    Sep 1.4 0 0
    Oct 1.4 0 0
    Nov 15.7 0 0.11
    Dec 35.7 0 0.2

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 37.1 0 0.46
    Feb 48.6 0 0.56
    Mar 35.7 0 0.28
    Apr 15.7 0 0.23
    May 1.4 0 0
    Jun 0 0 0
    Jul 1.4 0 0
    Aug 2.9 0 0
    Sep 1.4 0 0
    Oct 1.4 0 0
    Nov 15.7 0 0.28
    Dec 35.7 0 0.51
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    Humidity and Wind

    Lilongwe has slightly low to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is September (32.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is March (69.7%).

    Wind in Lilongwe is usually moderate. The windiest month is October, followed by September and November. October’s average wind speed of around 10.1 knots (11.6 MPH or 18.7 KPH) is considered “gentle 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 16.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

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

    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 6.4 a light breeze 10.6 a gentle breeze
    Feb 5.8 a light breeze 10 a gentle breeze
    Mar 6.6 a light breeze 10.9 a gentle breeze
    Apr 7.2 a gentle breeze 11.7 a moderate breeze
    May 7.1 a gentle breeze 10.8 a gentle breeze
    Jun 6.8 a light breeze 11 a moderate breeze
    Jul 7 a gentle breeze 11.4 a gentle breeze
    Aug 8 a gentle breeze 12.8 a moderate breeze
    Sep 9.1 a gentle breeze 14.2 a gentle breeze
    Oct 10.1 a gentle breeze 15.2 a moderate breeze
    Nov 9 a gentle breeze 14 a gentle breeze
    Dec 7 a gentle breeze 11.3 a moderate breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 67.8
    Feb 68.4
    Mar 69.7
    Apr 61.2
    May 50.7
    Jun 49
    Jul 45
    Aug 39.6
    Sep 32.4
    Oct 32.9
    Nov 43.6
    Dec 63.2

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Lilongwe?

    As of 5/2/2017 there are travel warnings for Malawi; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories.
     

    Overall Lilongwe Travel Experience by Season

    Fall (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 79.7°F (26.5°C) and 76.5°F (24.7°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Fall is slow/unreported 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. June – August is slow/unreported season for tourism in Lilongwe, so lodging and other accommodations may cost as much as usual.

    Spring (September through November)

    Spring daily highs range from 87.7°F (30.9°C) and 79.6°F (26.4°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. Tourism is slow/unreported during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be normally priced.

    Summer (December through February)

    Weather is perfect this time of year in Lilongwe to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 81.1°F (27.3°C) and 77.8°F (25.4°C). These times of year are slow/unreported with tourists.