The best times to visit Lubumbashi for ideal weather are
November 26th to December 16th
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
Weather in Lubumbashi
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)
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)|
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.
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 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.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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|
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.