The best times to visit Lubumbashi for ideal weather are
April 23rd to September 9th
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
Weather in Lubumbashi
Average temperatures in Lubumbashi vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some hot weeks in the summer, with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 61st 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 Lubumbashi, the hottest months are October, November, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid October where highs are regularly around 92.7°F (33.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 64.7°F (18.2°C) at night.
Lubumbashi Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Lubumbashi 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.
Lubumbashi Perceived Temperature (F)
Lubumbashi Perceived Temperature (C)
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.
|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 Lubumbashi are June, July, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late April. For example, on the week of April 23rd 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 4 days of significant precipitation the week of January 29th.
When can you find snow in Lubumbashi? 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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Lubumbashi.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Lubumbashi (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
Lubumbashi has some very humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is September (25.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (70.6%).
Wind in Lubumbashi is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is September, followed by October and August. September’s average wind speed of around 4.8 knots (5.6 MPH or 8.9 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 mid June where average top sustained speeds reach 11.9 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Lubumbashi.
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||2.7||Barely noticeable||6.4||Light breeze|
|Feb||3.1||Barely noticeable||7.5||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||3.2||Barely noticeable||7.9||Light breeze|
|Apr||3.6||Barely noticeable||7.6||Gentle breeze|
|May||3.4||Barely noticeable||8.1||Light breeze|
|Jun||3.8||Barely noticeable||8.7||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||4.1||Light breeze||8.9||Light breeze|
|Aug||4.2||Light breeze||9.1||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||4.8||Light breeze||9.1||Light breeze|
|Oct||4.5||Light breeze||9.7||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||4||Light breeze||8.2||Light breeze|
|Dec||3.1||Barely noticeable||8||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Lubumbashi?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat unsafe, especially in some areas. As of Jan 22, 2018 there are strong travel warnings and regional advisories for the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa); 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
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Lubumbashi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is December, followed by July and September. 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 Lubumbashi in November. 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 Lubumbashi Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 83°F (28.3°C) and 78.9°F (26.1°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 0 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the slowest 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. These months see the least precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Lubumbashi, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 92.7°F (33.7°C) and 84°F (28.9°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 4 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower 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 85.5°F (29.7°C) and 79.2°F (26.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 11 to 12 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.