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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:

Victoria Falls

Dry Season
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 recorded.

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.


Climate figures
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.

temperature (°C)


temperature (°C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 26 16 7 17 n/a
February 26 16 6 15 n/a
March 26 14 7 10 n/a
April 25 12 8 6 n/a
May 24 9 9 2 n/a
June 22 6 9 1 n/a
July 22 5 9 1 n/a
August 24 7 10 1 n/a
September 27 10 10 1 n/a
October 29 13 9 4 n/a
November 28 15 8 10 n/a
December 26 16 6 16 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 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.

chance of
(very) hot


chance of
(very) cool
chance of

chance of
chance of
sunny days


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