The best times to visit Zambia for ideal weather are

March 26th to August 19th

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

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

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Zambia vary little and are extremely temperate all year. The area is in the top 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 Zambia, the hottest months are November, October, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early-to-mid-October where highs are regularly around 95°F (35°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 69.1°F (20.6°C) at night.

    Zambia Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    High
    Average
    Low

    Zambia 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.

    Zambia Perceived Temperature (F)

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    Average
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    Zambia Perceived Temperature (C)

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    Average
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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 precipitation in Zambia are March, December, and then January. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid-May. For example, on the week of May 14th there are only 0 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late January and early February with an average of 3 days with significant precipitation the week of January 29th.

    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.

    Chance of Precipitation

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

    Key
    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

    The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Zambia (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 31.4 0 0.2
    Feb 25.7 0 0.08
    Mar 38.6 0 0.19
    Apr 5.7 0 0.04
    May 0 0 0
    Jun 0 0 0
    Jul 0 0 0
    Aug 0 0 0
    Sep 0 0 0
    Oct 1.4 0 0.01
    Nov 20 0 0.05
    Dec 35.7 0 0.18

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 31.4 0 0.51
    Feb 25.7 0 0.2
    Mar 38.6 0 0.48
    Apr 5.7 0 0.1
    May 0 0 0
    Jun 0 0 0
    Jul 0 0 0
    Aug 0 0 0
    Sep 0 0 0
    Oct 1.4 0 0.03
    Nov 20 0 0.13
    Dec 35.7 0 0.46

     

    Humidity and Wind

    Zambia has below average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is September (28.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (70.7%).

    Wind in Zambia is usually moderate. 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 “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.

    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 3.8 light air 8 a gentle breeze
    Feb 3.3 light air 6.4 a light breeze
    Mar 3.8 light air 7.3 a gentle breeze
    Apr 4.2 a light breeze 7.9 a gentle breeze
    May 4.5 a light breeze 8.4 a gentle breeze
    Jun 4.4 a light breeze 8.2 a gentle breeze
    Jul 6.8 a light breeze 10.2 a gentle breeze
    Aug 5.1 a light breeze 9.1 a gentle breeze
    Sep 5.9 a light breeze 10.5 a gentle breeze
    Oct 5.9 a light breeze 9.5 a gentle breeze
    Nov 5.3 a light breeze 9.1 a gentle breeze
    Dec 4 a light breeze 7.8 a 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?

    As of 6/15/2017 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Zambia; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. 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

    Key
    Tourists Seeking Accommodations

    Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. 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 12 days of 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 moderate precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is busy 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 small amount: 0 to 6 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably 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 82.7°F (28.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a noticeable amount: 7 to 11 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

     


     

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