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

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in The Gambia

    Temperature

    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)

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    Average
    Low

    The Gambia Temperatures (Celsius)

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    High
    Average
    Low

    “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 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.

    Key
    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

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

    Key
    Snow depth

    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
    Apr 0 0 0
    May 1.4 0 0
    Jun 5.7 0 0.02
    Jul 24.3 0 0.18
    Aug 41.4 0 0.28
    Sep 31.4 0 0.23
    Oct 8.6 0 0.06
    Nov 0 0 0
    Dec 0 0 0.01

    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
    Apr 0 0 0
    May 1.4 0 0
    Jun 5.7 0 0.05
    Jul 24.3 0 0.46
    Aug 41.4 0 0.71
    Sep 31.4 0 0.58
    Oct 8.6 0 0.15
    Nov 0 0 0
    Dec 0 0 0.03

     

    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.

    Key
    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

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

    Key
    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    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
    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?

    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.