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.

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Weather in The Gambia

Temperature

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)

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The Gambia Temperatures (Celsius)

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“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.

The Gambia Perceived Temperature (F)

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The Gambia Perceived Temperature (C)

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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.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 93.3 80.3 64.3
Feb 96.6 83.3 66.7
Mar 99.5 86.4 70.6
Apr 101.8 88.9 74.4
May 100.2 88.6 76
Jun 97.3 88.2 78.3
Jul 91.9 84.7 76.9
Aug 89.4 82.9 76.2
Sep 90.1 83.5 76.6
Oct 93.2 85.7 77.2
Nov 95.5 84.6 72
Dec 92.8 80.9 66.6

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 34.1 26.8 17.9
Feb 35.9 28.5 19.3
Mar 37.5 30.2 21.4
Apr 38.8 31.6 23.6
May 37.9 31.4 24.4
Jun 36.3 31.2 25.7
Jul 33.3 29.3 24.9
Aug 31.9 28.3 24.6
Sep 32.3 28.6 24.8
Oct 34 29.8 25.1
Nov 35.3 29.2 22.2
Dec 33.8 27.2 19.2


 

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.

Chanceof Precipitation

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

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Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 0% 0 0
Feb 0% 0 0
Mar 0% 0 0.2
Apr 0% 0 0
May 1% 0 0.1
Jun 4% 0 0.7
Jul 18% 0 5.5
Aug 31% 0 8.6
Sep 25% 0 7
Oct 6% 0 1.9
Nov 0% 0 0.1
Dec 0% 0 0.2

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 0 0 0
Feb 0 0 0
Mar 0 0 0.5
Apr 0 0 0
May 1 0 0.3
Jun 4 0 1.8
Jul 18 0 14
Aug 31 0 21.8
Sep 25 0 17.8
Oct 6 0 4.8
Nov 0 0 0.3
Dec 0 0 0.5

 

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.

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Wind

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

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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 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
Jan 23.7%
Feb 20.3%
Mar 24.7%
Apr 31.5%
May 40.3%
Jun 51.1%
Jul 67.4%
Aug 75.5%
Sep 75.5%
Oct 67.8%
Nov 47.7%
Dec 31.5%

 

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

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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 32.7 in September means 32.7% of the tourists vs. August.


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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