The best times to visit Lubumbashi for ideal weather are

November 26th to December 16th

or

January 29th to August 26th

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

 


Lubumbashi Travel Guide

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

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Lubumbashi vary little and are temperate for about half of the year. The area is in the top 50 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 Lubumbashi, the hottest months are October, September, and then November. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid-October where highs are regularly around 90.1°F (32.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 67.1°F (19.5°C) at night.

    Lubumbashi Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

    Key
    High
    Average
    Low

    Lubumbashi Temperatures (Celsius)

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    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.

    Lubumbashi Perceived Temperature (F)

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    High
    Average
    Low

    Lubumbashi Perceived Temperature (C)

    Key
    High
    Average
    Low

     

    Average Lubumbashi 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 81.3 75.6 67.2
    Feb 79.6 74.3 66.7
    Mar 80 73.3 65.2
    Apr 78.2 70.4 60.5
    May 79.2 70.8 58.5
    Jun 77.4 69.3 58.5
    Jul 77.4 67.5 54.3
    Aug 80.2 71.6 59.8
    Sep 86.5 78.5 66.1
    Oct 87.9 81.4 72.1
    Nov 83.3 77.1 68
    Dec 79.7 73.4 64.7

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 27.4 24.2 19.6
    Feb 26.4 23.5 19.3
    Mar 26.7 22.9 18.4
    Apr 25.7 21.3 15.8
    May 26.2 21.6 14.7
    Jun 25.2 20.7 14.7
    Jul 25.2 19.7 12.4
    Aug 26.8 22 15.4
    Sep 30.3 25.8 18.9
    Oct 31.1 27.4 22.3
    Nov 28.5 25.1 20
    Dec 26.5 23 18.2

     
    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 Lubumbashi.

    Key
    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

    The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Lubumbashi (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 20 0 0.28
    Feb 31.4 0 0.11
    Mar 18.6 0 0.12
    Apr 0 0 0
    May 0 0 0
    Jun 0 0 0
    Jul 0 0 0
    Aug 0 0 0
    Sep 0 0 0
    Oct 0 0 0
    Nov 10 0 0.03
    Dec 45.7 0 0.43

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 20 0 0.71
    Feb 31.4 0 0.28
    Mar 18.6 0 0.3
    Apr 0 0 0
    May 0 0 0
    Jun 0 0 0
    Jul 0 0 0
    Aug 0 0 0
    Sep 0 0 0
    Oct 0 0 0
    Nov 10 0 0.08
    Dec 45.7 0 1.09
    –>

     

    Humidity and Wind

    Lubumbashi has slightly low to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is September (31.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is March (72.7%).

    Wind in Lubumbashi is usually moderate. The windiest month is September, followed by August and April. September’s average wind speed of around 7.7 knots (8.9 MPH or 14.3 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 late October to early November where average top sustained speeds reach 13 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

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

    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 2.9 light air 6.4 a light breeze
    Feb 3.8 light air 8.4 a gentle breeze
    Mar 3.7 light air 7.7 a light breeze
    Apr 6.5 a light breeze 11.5 a moderate breeze
    May 5.8 a light breeze 9.3 a light breeze
    Jun 6.1 a light breeze 10.1 a gentle breeze
    Jul 6 a light breeze 10.1 a light breeze
    Aug 6.5 a light breeze 10.7 a gentle breeze
    Sep 7.7 a gentle breeze 11.8 a light breeze
    Oct 6.4 a light breeze 10.2 a gentle breeze
    Nov 5.1 a light breeze 9.4 a light breeze
    Dec 3.1 light air 6.6 a light breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 70.3
    Feb 70.3
    Mar 72.7
    Apr 64.5
    May 51.7
    Jun 44.7
    Jul 42.3
    Aug 35.3
    Sep 31.7
    Oct 37.5
    Nov 58.5
    Dec 72

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Lubumbashi?

    As of 6/16/2017 there are strong travel warnings and regional advisories for the Democratic Republic of the Congo; 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.
     

    Overall Lubumbashi Travel Experience by Season

    Fall (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 82.4°F (28°C) and 75.7°F (24.3°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 Lubumbashi, so lodging and other accommodations may cost as much as usual.

    Spring (September through November)

    Spring daily highs range from 90.1°F (32.3°C) and 81°F (27.2°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 Lubumbashi to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 83.7°F (28.7°C) and 77.1°F (25.1°C). These times of year are slow/unreported with tourists.

     


     

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