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The climate of Benin
The republic of Benin is an African country situated on the Gulf of Benin and bordering the countries of Togo, Niger, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. Benin became an independent country in 1960 and was known as Dahomey till 1975. Benin is a relatively poor country. Local trade and agriculture are the main sources of income as well as several logistic activities via Cotonou port; which is the most important city of the country. According to the Köppen climate classification Benin has a tropical savannah climate. The most northern part, bordering Burkina Faso and Niger has a warm steppe climate. According to the Köppen climate classification this dry type of climate is indicated as type Bsh.


Climate information of places and areas in Benin
The climate information on this page is only brief. Specific information about weather and climate can be found on the climate pages per area or town. As for Benin the following climate information is available:


Tropical weather
Benin has tropical weather conditions all year round. During the day temperatures are 28-32 degrees Celsius all year round. In the most northern tip it may be a little warmer from February till April. Temperatures here may rise as high as 36- >40 degrees Celsius. In the southern part of the country minimum temperatures are 20-25 degrees Celsius. In the northern part of the country it may be a few degrees colder in November, December, January and February. However, temperatures lower than 12 degrees Celsius are uncommon. Tropical weather conditions go together with relatively high humidity figures which make things feel muggy, especially in April and May.

Rainy season
Benin has a dry period from November till February. Chances of rain are much smaller and the intensity of the rain is rather low. In March chances of rain increase; In April/May the rainy season starts which ends in September/October. Along the coast precipitation peaks in June. After this there is a temporary dry period till the first half of September. Then there is a rainy period again till the start of November.


Climate figures
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for the capital Porto-Novo and cannot be seen as an average for Benin. Please visit the individual pages for climate information on other places and regions in Belize.

temperature (°C)


temperature (°C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 31 23 7 3 n/a
February 32 24 7 4 n/a
March 32 25 7 9 n/a
April 32 25 7 11 n/a
May 31 24 7 14 n/a
June 29 23 5 18 n/a
July 28 23 4 17 n/a
August 28 23 4 16 n/a
September 29 23 5 18 n/a
October 30 24 6 15 n/a
November 31 24 8 7 n/a
December 31 24 7 4 n/a
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they don’t give an overall picture of the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time. How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate information per month. The information below is an average for the capital Porto-Novo.
Please visit the individual pages for climate information on other places and regions in Benin.

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