The best times to visit Zambia for ideal weather are

April 2nd to September 9th

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 Zambia

Temperature

Average temperatures in Zambia vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 51st 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 Zambia, the hottest months are November, October, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late October to early November where highs are regularly around 95°F (35°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 70.6°F (21.4°C) at night.

Zambia Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Zambia 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.

Zambia Perceived Temperature (F)

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Zambia Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Zambia 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 84.2 75.9 67.9
Feb 81.6 73.6 64.1
Mar 84.2 75.9 65.1
Apr 84.3 75.3 63.6
May 84.2 74 58.3
Jun 78.6 69.3 54.4
Jul 78.2 65.4 53.6
Aug 83.5 72.8 57.6
Sep 90.2 79.3 65.2
Oct 93.6 83.3 67.8
Nov 92.6 83.5 70.1
Dec 84.5 75.2 67.8

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 29 24.4 19.9
Feb 27.6 23.1 17.8
Mar 29 24.4 18.4
Apr 29.1 24.1 17.6
May 29 23.3 14.6
Jun 25.9 20.7 12.4
Jul 25.7 18.6 12
Aug 28.6 22.7 14.2
Sep 32.3 26.3 18.4
Oct 34.2 28.5 19.9
Nov 33.7 28.6 21.2
Dec 29.2 24 19.9


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Zambia are June, September, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid May. For example, on the week of May 14th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late December with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of December 24th.

When can you find snow in Zambia? 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 Zambia.

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Snow on the Ground

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

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Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 25% 0 6.1
Feb 20% 0 2.3
Mar 36% 0 5.7
Apr 5% 0 1.3
May 0% 0 0
Jun 0% 0 0
Jul 0% 0 0.1
Aug 0% 0 0
Sep 0% 0 0
Oct 1% 0 0.2
Nov 18% 0 1.5
Dec 26% 0 5.7

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 25 0 15.5
Feb 20 0 5.8
Mar 36 0 14.5
Apr 5 0 3.3
May 0 0 0
Jun 0 0 0
Jul 0 0 0.3
Aug 0 0 0
Sep 0 0 0
Oct 1 0 0.5
Nov 18 0 3.8
Dec 26 0 14.5

 

Humidity and Wind

Zambia has some very humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is September (28.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (70.7%).

Wind in Zambia is usually calm. The windiest month is July, followed by September and October. July’s average wind speed of around 6.8 knots (7.8 MPH or 12.6 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 October where average top sustained speeds reach 11.6 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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Wind

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

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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 3.8 Barely noticeable 8 Gentle breeze
Feb 3.3 Barely noticeable 6.4 Light breeze
Mar 3.8 Barely noticeable 7.3 Gentle breeze
Apr 4.2 Light breeze 7.9 Gentle breeze
May 4.5 Light breeze 8.4 Gentle breeze
Jun 4.4 Light breeze 8.2 Gentle breeze
Jul 6.8 Light breeze 10.2 Gentle breeze
Aug 5.1 Light breeze 9.1 Gentle breeze
Sep 5.9 Light breeze 10.5 Gentle breeze
Oct 5.9 Light breeze 9.5 Gentle breeze
Nov 5.3 Light breeze 9.1 Gentle breeze
Dec 4 Light breeze 7.8 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 70.7%
Feb 65.9%
Mar 66%
Apr 59.4%
May 47.5%
Jun 41.4%
Jul 43.9%
Aug 32.8%
Sep 28.9%
Oct 29.3%
Nov 39.8%
Dec 68.1%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Zambia?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Jan 18, 2018 there are travel warnings for Zambia; 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 Zambia is December, followed by July and September. 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 Zambia in November. 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 very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 45.1 in November means 45.1% of the tourists vs. December.


Overall Zambia Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 85.6°F (29.8°C) and 80.3°F (26.8°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 0 to 11 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Zambia, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 95°F (35°C) and 86.9°F (30.5°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 5 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Zambia to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 86.7°F (30.4°C) and 80.3°F (26.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 8 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

 

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