The climate of Zimbabwe
The Republic of Zimbabwe is located in the southern part of the
African continent and used to be known as Rhodesia. The landscape of
Zimbabwe consists of four different levels. Centrally situated in
Zimbabwe the Matabele highlands and midlands can be found. This zone
is situated at an altitude between 1,200-1,500 meters. The capital
Harare is also situated in this zone. The highlands are surrounded by
midlands situated at an altitude of 900-1,200 meters. The lower areas
are situated on the borders of Zimbabwe, here the basins of the
Zambezi, Sabi and Limpopo Rivers can be found. About one eighth of
this area consists of the popular Matobo National Park. Zimbabwe has a
mix of subtropical climates. The south western part and the lower
areas in the south eastern parts have a warm steppe climate. The
central part of Matabeleland has a moderate China climate. The rest of
the country has a warm China climate.
Climate information of places and areas in Zimbabwe
The climate information given on this page is only brief. Specific
information on weather and climate can be found on the pages per
region or city. The following climate information is available for
Zimbabwe has a distinct dry season during the local winter. From May
till the second part of October chances of precipitation are small to
very small in Zimbabwe. However, the eastern part of the country
bordering Mozambique may get some rain during winter. Locally, average
precipitation figures range from 3-5 millimeters to 10-20 millimeters
per month. The rest of Zimbabwe hardly gets any rain during this
period. The wet season is from the second part of October till April.
During the wettest months 200 millimeters of rain or even more can be
The summer months are the warmest months in Zimbabwe. As soon as the
winter is over average maximum temperatures rapidly rise. As soon as
the weather is strongly influenced by the intertropical Convergence
Zone chances of precipitation rapidly increase; 1 in every 2 days is a
rainy day. Because of the rain and the decreasing amount of hours of
sunshine temperatures are slightly tempered. As soon as the winter
starts temperatures drop, especially during the night.
Throughout Zimbabwe several climate figures and temperatures can
be recorded. The figures below are for the capital Harare and cannot
be seen as an average for the country. Please, visit the individual
climate pages for climate records on other places in Zimbabwe.
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 can are for the capital
Harare. Please, visit the individual climate pages for climate records
on other places in Zimbabwe.
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