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The climate of Kisangani (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Kisangani is located in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo and is the capital of the Orientale province. The city used to be known as Stanleyville after the explorer Stanley. He founded the city on the place where the Congo River is navigable. Over the years the settlement was used as a starting point to further conquer Africa and to spread Christianity among the poor African people. Old cathedrals and churches from these times can still be admired in Kisangani. During the Belgian reign the city played an important role. After the country became independent the city played an important role in the turmoil that took place during the change of power. During the 1960s the city was conquered and re-conquered by several different rebel groups. In the 1970s when Mobuto took over the power the city was the scene of large-scale looting. During the 1990s the city was destroyed during the battles between the army of Rwanda and the army of Uganda. The armies battled to take control of the diamond mines that can be found in the vicinity of the city. Only when the UN intervened it became somewhat more quiet in the city. Kisangani has a tropical rainforest climate characterized by high precipitation figures all year round. However, there are two distinct periods with higher precipitation figures. A short rainy period from March till May and a longer rainy period from the second part of August till the second part of December. However, this does not mean there is no precipitation during the rest of the year. Long lasting precipitation is not uncommon as well. Temperatures are around 30 degrees Celsius all year round. Because of high precipitation figures the sun is often blocked by clouds.

 

Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Kisangani.

average
 maximum
temperature (įC)

average
minimum

temperature (įC)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (įC)
January 31 20 6 9 n/a
February 31 19 7 9 n/a
March 31 20 5 13 n/a
April 31 20 6 15 n/a
May 31 20 5 13 n/a
June 30 19 5 8 n/a
July 29 19 4 7 n/a
August 29 19 4 9 n/a
September 30 19 5 14 n/a
October 30 20 5 17 n/a
November 30 20 6 15 n/a
December 30 20 4 12 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 figures are very useful but donít present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures donít always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate information for each month of the year:
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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