The best times to visit Lilongwe for ideal weather are

April 2nd to June 24th

or

July 30th to October 14th

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 Lilongwe

Temperature

Average temperatures in Lilongwe vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 79th 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 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)

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Lilongwe 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.

Lilongwe Perceived Temperature (F)

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Lilongwe Perceived Temperature (C)

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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

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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 Lilongwe are May, June, and then July. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid January. For example, on the week of January 15th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late January and early February with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of January 29th.

When can you find snow in Lilongwe? 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 Lilongwe.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Lilongwe (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 25% 0 5.4
Feb 35% 0 6.2
Mar 22% 0 3.3
Apr 8% 0 2.7
May 0% 0 0
Jun 0% 0 0
Jul 0% 0 0
Aug 1% 0 0.1
Sep 0% 0 0
Oct 1% 0 0.1
Nov 12% 0 3.2
Dec 29% 0 6.3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 25 0 13.7
Feb 35 0 15.7
Mar 22 0 8.4
Apr 8 0 6.9
May 0 0 0
Jun 0 0 0
Jul 0 0 0
Aug 1 0 0.3
Sep 0 0 0
Oct 1 0 0.3
Nov 12 0 8.1
Dec 29 0 16

 

Humidity and Wind

Lilongwe has some humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. 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 “a 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.

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

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Jan 18, 2018 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


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Lilongwe, Malawi is August, followed by July and May. 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 Lilongwe in October. 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 somewhat extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 38.7 in October means 38.7% of the tourists vs. August.


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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. Rain is rare with 0 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

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 busiest season for tourism in Lilongwe, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than 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. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 3 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably 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). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 8 to 10 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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