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The climate of Zambia
Zambia is located in the southern part of the African continent. Zambia is not situated on the sea but enclosed by Angola, Botswana, Congo-Kinshasa, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Zambia is located at an altitude varying between 329 and 2,301 meters above sea level. The Zambezi River is the lowest point; the highest point are the Mafinga hills at an altitude of 2,301 meters. The landscape varies from plateaus, hills and basins to rivers. Because of the presence of water and the differences in altitude beautiful natural phenomena have formed such as the Victoria waterfalls where the water from the Zambezi falls 100 meters. The climate in Zambia causes beautiful variations in plant and animal life. An ever increasing number of tourists have discovered Zambia as a peaceful and very good alternative for more popular destinations such as Namibia and Mozambique.


Climate information of places and areas in Zambia
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 Zambia the following climate information is available:


Climate zones
The largest part of Zambia has a warm China climate. This climate type gets most precipitation during the summer. The wettest month gets at least ten times the amount of rain as the driest month of winter. The northern part of Zambia has a moderate China climate because of lower temperatures caused by the higher altitudes of these areas. The western part of Zambia bordering Angola is much warmer. This area has a tropical steppe climate (type Aw). The southwestern part where the Victoria Falls are situated forms the transition to a warm steppe climate.

Wet season
Zambia has a wet season during the local summer. From the end of October chances of precipitation increase; December, January and February are very wet. From March precipitation figures start to decrease; the dry winter starts in April. Most precipitation falls in the northern part of Zambia. Kasama gets more than 200 millimeters of precipitation per month for a period of four months. The wet season also causes a smaller amount of hours of sunshine per day. During the winter about 10 hours of sunshine per day can be expected; during the winter the sun only shines for 4-7 hours per day.


Climate figures
Throughout Zambia several climate figures and temperatures can be recorded. The figures below are for the capital Lusaka and cannot be seen as an average for the country. Please, visit the individual climate pages for climate records on other places in Zambia.

temperature (°C)


temperature (°C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 26 17 6 17 n/a
February 27 17 6 16 n/a
March 28 16 7 10 n/a
April 26 15 9 3 n/a
May 25 11 9 0 n/a
June 23 10 9 0 n/a
July 23 9 9 0 n/a
August 26 11 10 0 n/a
September 29 14 10 0 n/a
October 31 18 9 2 n/a
November 30 18 8 8 n/a
December 27 17 6 17 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 Lusaka. Please, visit the individual climate pages for climate records on other places in Zambia.

chance of
(very) hot


chance of
(very) cool
chance of

chance of
chance of
sunny days


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