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The climate of Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Lubumbashi  is located in the Katanga province in the southeastern part of the country. The city was founded by the Belgian colonial reign in order to exploit the copper that was excavated here. During colonial times the city was known as Elisabethville. A copper mine was established and a city was founded in the vicinity for the workers to live in. With the growing industry people working in other trades came to the city as well causing Lubumbashi to rapidly develop into an important city within the Democratic Republic of Congo. The city has a unique character. Because the white colonial rulers lived apart from the black workers the city experienced a unique growth. Besides the old colonial buildings completely different quarters for the black workers can be found here. Lubumbashi has a tropical savannah climate with very wet winters. The summer is the driest period of the year. Sometimes it doesnít rain for several months in a row. Average temperatures are slightly lower during the dry period, but well above 20 degrees Celsius all year round.

 

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

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 26 16 5 24 n/a
February 26 16 5 22 n/a
March 26 16 6 20 n/a
April 27 14 8 9 n/a
May 26 10 9 2 n/a
June 25 8 10 0 n/a
July 25 8 10 0 n/a
August 27 9 9 0 n/a
September 30 13 10 1 n/a
October 31 15 9 5 n/a
November 28 16 6 17 n/a
December 26 16 4 24 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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