The best times to visit The Gambia for ideal weather are
October 8th to June 24th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
The Gambia Travel Guide
Weather in The Gambia
Average temperatures in The Gambia vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a very low chance of rain throughout the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 26th 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 The Gambia, the hottest months are April, May, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid April where highs are regularly around 102°F (38.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 74.7°F (23.7°C) at night.
The Gambia Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
The Gambia 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.
The Gambia Perceived Temperature (F)
The Gambia Perceived Temperature (C)
Average The Gambia 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)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in The Gambia are January, February, and then April. 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 mid to late September with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of September 17th.
When can you find snow in The Gambia? 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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in The Gambia.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in The Gambia (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
The Gambia has some very humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is February (20.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (75.5%).
Wind in The Gambia is usually calm. The windiest month is February, followed by June and May. February’s average wind speed of around 6.1 knots (7 MPH or 11.3 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 late February and early March where average top sustained speeds reach 11 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in The Gambia.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||5.3||Light breeze||9.4||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||6.1||Light breeze||10.2||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||5.6||Light breeze||9.3||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||5.4||Light breeze||8.6||Gentle breeze|
|May||5.8||Light breeze||8.9||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||6||Light breeze||9.1||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||4.8||Light breeze||7.9||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||4.4||Light breeze||7.7||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||3.8||Barely noticeable||7.1||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||3.5||Barely noticeable||6.6||Light breeze|
|Nov||3.9||Barely noticeable||7.4||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||5||Light breeze||9.1||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to The Gambia?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Jan 18, 2018 there are travel warnings for Gambia, The; exercise a high degree of caution. 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 The Gambia is August, followed by June and July. 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 The Gambia in September. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall The Gambia Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very warm. Highs range from 102°F (38.9°C) and 97.7°F (36.5°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is nonexistent with roughly 0 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 quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 1 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in The Gambia, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 96.5°F (35.8°C) and 88.9°F (31.6°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 8 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in The Gambia to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 98.8°F (37.1°C) and 91.8°F (33.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a insignificant amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.
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