The best times to visit Mekele for ideal weather are

September 17th to December 2nd


February 5th to May 6th

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



Other Mekele Travel Info

Weather in Mekele


Average temperatures in Mekele vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 86th 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 Mekele, the hottest months are June, May, and then April. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early June where highs are regularly around 82.2°F (27.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 57.4°F (14.1°C) at night.

Mekele Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Mekele 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.

Mekele Perceived Temperature (F)


Mekele Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Mekele 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 71.4 62.9 48.8
Feb 74.8 65.3 50.5
Mar 75.8 67.8 54.1
Apr 77.1 69.6 55.4
May 79.1 71.7 56.6
Jun 79.6 71.7 56.5
Jul 72.1 65.2 55.8
Aug 71.1 64.6 55.5
Sep 73.5 66.5 52.6
Oct 73 65.9 51.4
Nov 71.3 63.9 50.7
Dec 70.4 62.5 48.3

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 21.9 17.2 9.3
Feb 23.8 18.5 10.3
Mar 24.3 19.9 12.3
Apr 25.1 20.9 13
May 26.2 22.1 13.7
Jun 26.4 22.1 13.6
Jul 22.3 18.4 13.2
Aug 21.7 18.1 13.1
Sep 23.1 19.2 11.4
Oct 22.8 18.8 10.8
Nov 21.8 17.7 10.4
Dec 21.3 16.9 9.1



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Mekele are February, November, and then January. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early August with an average of 5 days of significant precipitation the week of July 30th.

When can you find snow in Mekele? 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 Mekele.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 1% 0 0.1
Feb 1% 0 0.1
Mar 6% 0 0.9
Apr 11% 0 1.3
May 10% 0 0.8
Jun 7% 0 0.7
Jul 47% 0 7.8
Aug 52% 0 8.2
Sep 20% 0 2.3
Oct 2% 0 0.1
Nov 1% 0 0.1
Dec 3% 0 0.3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 1 0 0.3
Feb 1 0 0.3
Mar 6 0 2.3
Apr 11 0 3.3
May 10 0 2
Jun 7 0 1.8
Jul 47 0 19.8
Aug 52 0 20.8
Sep 20 0 5.8
Oct 2 0 0.3
Nov 1 0 0.3
Dec 3 0 0.8


Humidity and Wind

Mekele has some humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is May (29.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (69.5%).

Wind in Mekele is usually moderate. The windiest month is March, followed by April and November. March’s average wind speed of around 11.8 knots (13.6 MPH or 21.9 KPH) is considered “a moderate breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early March where average top sustained speeds reach 20.9 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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 10 Gentle breeze 14.8 Significant breeze
Feb 10.5 Gentle breeze 16.5 Significant breeze
Mar 11.8 Significant breeze 17.5 Significant breeze
Apr 11.4 Significant breeze 17.1 Strong breeze
May 8.2 Gentle breeze 13.6 Significant breeze
Jun 6.3 Light breeze 11.3 Significant breeze
Jul 6.5 Light breeze 10.6 Significant breeze
Aug 5.1 Light breeze 8.4 Gentle breeze
Sep 5.1 Light breeze 9.3 Significant breeze
Oct 9.7 Gentle breeze 14.3 Significant breeze
Nov 11.3 Significant breeze 16.2 Significant breeze
Dec 11 Significant breeze 15.7 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 43.8%
Feb 38.2%
Mar 34.6%
Apr 32.6%
May 29.5%
Jun 31.8%
Jul 64%
Aug 69.5%
Sep 49.4%
Oct 43.2%
Nov 41.6%
Dec 40.9%


Is it Safe to Travel to Mekele?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Ethiopia; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 20, 2019.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Mekele, Ethiopia is January, followed by November and December. 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 Mekele in August. 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 extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 60.1 in August means 60.1% of the tourists vs. January.



Overall Mekele Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 80.8°F (27.1°C) and 74.7°F (23.7°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 3 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 2 to 16 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the slowest season for tourism in Mekele, so lodging and other accommodations may cost less than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 75.4°F (24.1°C) and 70.3°F (21.3°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 6 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is somewhat cool this time of year in Mekele to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 75.9°F (24.4°C) and 69.7°F (20.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.


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