The best times to visit The Gambia for ideal weather are
October 8th to June 17th
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 and are too warm to be considered temperate for most. The area is in the bottom 4 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 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 precipitation in The Gambia are August, September, and then July. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are only 0 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid-to late September with an average of 3.3 days with 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.
Chance of Precipitation
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 below average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. 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 moderate. 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 “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.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Meaning (Beaufort)||Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind||Meaning (Beufort)|
|Jan||5.3||a light breeze||9.4||a gentle breeze|
|Feb||6.1||a light breeze||10.2||a gentle breeze|
|Mar||5.6||a light breeze||9.3||a gentle breeze|
|Apr||5.4||a light breeze||8.6||a gentle breeze|
|May||5.8||a light breeze||8.9||a gentle breeze|
|Jun||6||a light breeze||9.1||a gentle breeze|
|Jul||4.8||a light breeze||7.9||a gentle breeze|
|Aug||4.4||a light breeze||7.7||a gentle breeze|
|Sep||3.8||light air||7.1||a gentle breeze|
|Oct||3.5||light air||6.6||a light breeze|
|Nov||3.9||light air||7.4||a gentle breeze|
|Dec||5||a light breeze||9.1||a gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to The Gambia?
As of 6/27/2017 there are travel warnings for The Gambia; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories.
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 warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is extremely rare with roughly 0 days of precipitation per month. Spring is slow/unreported for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have hot weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 2 to 13 days of precipitation per month. June – August is slow/unreported season for tourism in The Gambia, so lodging and other accommodations may cost as much as 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 fair amount: 0 to 9 days per month. Tourism is slow/unreported during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be normally 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 97.5°F (36.4°C) and 91.8°F (33.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a trivial/unreported amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are slow/unreported with tourists.