The best times to visit Sidama for ideal weather are

November 12th to March 4th

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



Other Sidama Travel Info

Weather in Sidama


Average temperatures in Sidama vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 78th 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 Sidama, the hottest months are March, February, and then April. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid March where highs are regularly around 86.3°F (30.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 56.8°F (13.8°C) at night.

Sidama Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Sidama 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.

Sidama Perceived Temperature (F)


Sidama Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Sidama 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 82.6 71.2 53.6
Feb 84.7 72.9 55.8
Mar 85.8 73.6 55.7
Apr 83.3 71.7 57.4
May 79.9 70.8 58.8
Jun 78 70.1 59
Jul 75.5 67.9 59.1
Aug 76.5 68.1 58.8
Sep 77 67.9 58.1
Oct 79.2 69.8 56
Nov 81.5 71.5 53.5
Dec 81.4 70.4 52.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 28.1 21.8 12
Feb 29.3 22.7 13.2
Mar 29.9 23.1 13.2
Apr 28.5 22.1 14.1
May 26.6 21.6 14.9
Jun 25.6 21.2 15
Jul 24.2 19.9 15.1
Aug 24.7 20.1 14.9
Sep 25 19.9 14.5
Oct 26.2 21 13.3
Nov 27.5 21.9 11.9
Dec 27.4 21.3 11.5



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Sidama are December, January, and then February. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late February and early March. For example, on the week of February 26th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late June with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of June 25th.

When can you find snow in Sidama? 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 Sidama.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 4% 0 0.8
Feb 9% 0 0.9
Mar 15% 0 1.3
Apr 22% 0 3
May 40% 0 5.5
Jun 26% 0 3.3
Jul 30% 0 4.7
Aug 39% 0 4.9
Sep 42% 0 5.4
Oct 18% 0 2.1
Nov 14% 0 1.5
Dec 3% 0 0.5

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 4 0 2
Feb 9 0 2.3
Mar 15 0 3.3
Apr 22 0 7.6
May 40 0 14
Jun 26 0 8.4
Jul 30 0 11.9
Aug 39 0 12.4
Sep 42 0 13.7
Oct 18 0 5.3
Nov 14 0 3.8
Dec 3 0 1.3


Humidity and Wind

Sidama has some humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is March (36.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (67.3%).

Wind in Sidama is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is June, followed by July and May. June’s average wind speed of around 3.7 knots (4.3 MPH or 6.9 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early November where average top sustained speeds reach 7.2 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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 2.8 Barely noticeable 5.2 Light breeze
Feb 3.1 Barely noticeable 5.6 Light breeze
Mar 2.9 Barely noticeable 5.4 Light breeze
Apr 2.9 Barely noticeable 5.7 Light breeze
May 3.2 Barely noticeable 6 Light breeze
Jun 3.7 Barely noticeable 6.5 Light breeze
Jul 3.4 Barely noticeable 6.1 Light breeze
Aug 3.1 Barely noticeable 5.6 Light breeze
Sep 3 Barely noticeable 6.1 Light breeze
Oct 2.3 Barely noticeable 5 Light breeze
Nov 2.7 Barely noticeable 5.2 Light breeze
Dec 2.9 Barely noticeable 5.4 Light breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 39.8%
Feb 38.3%
Mar 36.7%
Apr 53.6%
May 61.6%
Jun 60.7%
Jul 64.5%
Aug 65.2%
Sep 67.3%
Oct 54.9%
Nov 43.2%
Dec 39.8%


Is it Safe to Travel to Sidama?

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 Sidama, Ethiopia is November, followed by June and February. 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 Sidama in December. 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 81 in December means 81% of the tourists vs. November.



Overall Sidama Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 86.3°F (30.2°C) and 78.7°F (25.9°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 12 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

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 8 to 12 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Sidama, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 82.4°F (28°C) and 76.5°F (24.7°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 13 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Sidama to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 86.3°F (30.2°C) and 80.6°F (27°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 2 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.


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