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.
Zambia Travel Guide
Weather in Zambia
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)
Zambia 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.
Zambia Perceived Temperature (F)
Zambia Perceived Temperature (C)
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.
|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 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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Zambia.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Zambia (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
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.
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||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|
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
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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