The best times to visit Malawi for ideal weather are

March 26th to September 30th

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



Other Malawi Travel Info

Weather in Malawi


Average temperatures in Malawi vary somewhat. 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 70th 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 Malawi, the hottest months are October, November, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid November where highs are regularly around 89.2°F (31.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 69.1°F (20.6°C) at night.

Malawi Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Malawi Temperatures (Celsius)


“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.

Malawi Perceived Temperature (F)


Malawi Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Malawi 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 81.7 73.7 66.7
Feb 80.2 75.2 67
Mar 79.6 73.9 63.1
Apr 79.4 73.3 62.2
May 76.8 70.3 53.1
Jun 75.8 68.6 54.1
Jul 74.1 66.9 52.4
Aug 77.9 70.6 55.3
Sep 83.8 76.5 61.1
Oct 86.7 80.7 67.8
Nov 86.9 78.9 64.9
Dec 82 76.5 67.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 27.6 23.2 19.3
Feb 26.8 24 19.4
Mar 26.4 23.3 17.3
Apr 26.3 22.9 16.8
May 24.9 21.3 11.7
Jun 24.3 20.3 12.3
Jul 23.4 19.4 11.3
Aug 25.5 21.4 12.9
Sep 28.8 24.7 16.2
Oct 30.4 27.1 19.9
Nov 30.5 26.1 18.3
Dec 27.8 24.7 19.8



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Malawi 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 early May. For example, on the week of April 30th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid February with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of February 12th.

When can you find snow in Malawi? 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.

Chance of Precipitation

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

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Malawi (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 41% 0 24.8
Feb 40% 0 6.2
Mar 15% 0 2.2
Apr 7% 0 1.8
May 0% 0 0
Jun 0% 0 0
Jul 0% 0 0
Aug 1% 0 0
Sep 0% 0 0
Oct 1% 0 0.1
Nov 7% 0 2
Dec 27% 0 11.3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 41 0 63
Feb 40 0 15.7
Mar 15 0 5.6
Apr 7 0 4.6
May 0 0 0
Jun 0 0 0
Jul 0 0 0
Aug 1 0 0
Sep 0 0 0
Oct 1 0 0.3
Nov 7 0 5.1
Dec 27 0 28.7


Humidity and Wind

Malawi has some very humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is September (32.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (75.2%).

Wind in Malawi is usually moderate. The windiest month is October, followed by September and November. October’s average wind speed of around 9.3 knots (10.7 MPH or 17.1 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 15.4 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

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 6.2 Light breeze 9 Gentle breeze
Feb 7.2 Gentle breeze 11.1 Significant breeze
Mar 5.7 Light breeze 9.3 Gentle breeze
Apr 6.9 Light breeze 11.4 Significant breeze
May 5.5 Light breeze 8.9 Gentle breeze
Jun 6.7 Light breeze 10.8 Gentle breeze
Jul 6.8 Light breeze 11.2 Gentle breeze
Aug 7.5 Gentle breeze 12 Significant breeze
Sep 8.7 Gentle breeze 13.7 Gentle breeze
Oct 9.3 Gentle breeze 14.3 Significant breeze
Nov 8.6 Gentle breeze 13.5 Gentle breeze
Dec 5.6 Light breeze 9.6 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 75.2%
Feb 68.4%
Mar 67.7%
Apr 59%
May 42%
Jun 46.6%
Jul 44.8%
Aug 38.5%
Sep 32.2%
Oct 37.5%
Nov 43.6%
Dec 64.4%


Is it Safe to Travel to Malawi?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 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. This advisory was last updated on Aug 26, 2019.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in 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 Malawi 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

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 very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 38.7 in October means 38.7% of the tourists vs. August.



Overall Malawi Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 81.5°F (27.5°C) and 77°F (25°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 0 to 5 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 Malawi, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 89.2°F (31.8°C) and 81.3°F (27.4°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a barely noticeable amount: 0 to 2 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 Malawi to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 84.2°F (29°C) and 79.3°F (26.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 8 to 13 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.


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