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.

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Weather in Lubumbashi

Temperature

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)

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Lubumbashi 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.

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Lubumbashi Perceived Temperature (C)

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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 73.9 65.6
Feb 82.3 73.7 64.9
Mar 81.8 73.1 63.7
Apr 81 73.2 62.1
May 80.8 71.7 56.6
Jun 78.6 68.3 52.9
Jul 78.7 67.9 51.8
Aug 83.3 73.2 56.4
Sep 87.5 78.1 62.5
Oct 91.3 81.3 65.4
Nov 88.3 79.7 66.6
Dec 81.8 72.9 64.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 27.4 23.3 18.7
Feb 27.9 23.2 18.3
Mar 27.7 22.8 17.6
Apr 27.2 22.9 16.7
May 27.1 22.1 13.7
Jun 25.9 20.2 11.6
Jul 25.9 19.9 11
Aug 28.5 22.9 13.6
Sep 30.8 25.6 16.9
Oct 32.9 27.4 18.6
Nov 31.3 26.5 19.2
Dec 27.7 22.7 18.2


 

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.

Chanceof Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Lubumbashi.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Lubumbashi (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 34% 0 9.3
Feb 41% 0 8.2
Mar 22% 0 5
Apr 13% 0 2.5
May 1% 0 0.1
Jun 0% 0 0
Jul 0% 0 0
Aug 0% 0 0
Sep 0% 0 0
Oct 2% 0 0.1
Nov 14% 0 2.5
Dec 38% 0 11.3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 34 0 23.6
Feb 41 0 20.8
Mar 22 0 12.7
Apr 13 0 6.4
May 1 0 0.3
Jun 0 0 0
Jul 0 0 0
Aug 0 0 0
Sep 0 0 0
Oct 2 0 0.3
Nov 14 0 6.4
Dec 38 0 28.7

 

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.

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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 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
Jan 68.7%
Feb 68.6%
Mar 67.7%
Apr 59.9%
May 43.4%
Jun 39.9%
Jul 35.5%
Aug 28%
Sep 25.4%
Oct 27.9%
Nov 43.7%
Dec 70.6%

 

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

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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 extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 45.1 in November means 45.1% of the tourists vs. December.


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.

 

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