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
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:
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.
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
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.
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
Please visit the individual pages for climate information on other
places and regions in Benin.
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