The climate of Rwanda
Republic of Rwanda is a country in Central Africa. With a surface area
of more than 26,000 square kilometers it is the smallest country in
the region. The neighboring country of Burundi is just a little bit
bigger than Rwanda. The entire country is situated at a high altitude.
The lowest point of the country is the Rusizi River which is at an
altitude of 950 meters above sea level. Rwanda has a tropical climate
with low temperatures by tropical standards, this is because of the
altitude at which the country is situated. During the day temperatures
are between 20-27 degrees Celsius (68.0-80.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
During the night temperatures are between 10-14 degrees Celsius
(50-57.2 degrees Fahrenheit).
Climate information of places and areas in Rwanda
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 Rwanda the following climate
information is available:
Two rainy seasons
Rwanda has two rainy seasons and two dry seasons. The first rainy
season is from February till the end of May. The second rainy season
is not as heavy as the first and is from September till the second
part of December. During the other months it is dry with July and
August as the driest months in most places. The capital Kigali can
only record 7 millimeters of rain in an entire month.
The moderate tropical climate in Rwanda has stable temperatures all
year round. In the capital Kigali temperatures during the day are
always between 25-26 degrees Celsius (77-78.8 degrees Fahrenheit).
During the night temperatures are between 12-14 degrees Celsius
(53.6-57.2 degrees Fahrenheit). Because of the moderate temperatures
the climate is pleasant all year round. However, within the country
fluctuations in temperatures can be recorded. The mountainous west and
north are cooler than the lower situated east. During the winter
snowfall is not uncommon either. The higher regions get a few snowy
days per year.
Throughout Rwanda several climate figures and temperatures can be
recorded. The figures below are for the capital Kigali and cannot be
seen as an average for the country. For climate figures for other
places and regions in Rwanda please, visit the individual climate
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 figures below are for the capital Kigali.
For climate figures on specific regions and places please, visit the
relevant individual climate pages.
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