Average weather and climate in Malawi
The best time to travel to Malawi is during the winter months between May and October. In the months temperatures are cool and dry. The weather during summer, November to April, is hot and humid. These months it is also the rainy season. The coolest months are June and July when daytime temperatures hover around 21 degrees celcius ((70 Fahrenheit) and nights can be very cold.
Variations in altitude in Malawi lead to wide differences in climate. The vast water surface of Lake Niassa has a cooling effect, but because of the low elevation, the margins of the lake have long hot seasons and high humidity, with a mean annual temperature of 24° C (75° F ). Average rainfall is heaviest along the northern coast of Lake Malawi, where the average is more than 163 cm (64 in) per year; about 70% of the country averages about 75–100 cm (30–40 in) annually. Lilongwe, in central Malawi, at an elevation of 1,041 m (3,415 ft), has a moderately warm climate with adequate rainfall. The average daily minimum and maximum temperatures in November, the hottest month, are 17° C (63° F ) and 29° C (84° F), respectively; those in July, the coolest month, are 7° C (45° F ) and 23° C (73° F ).
Interested in the more detailed Weather and Climate of Malawi?
Please select a city in or above the map you wish to travel to or the one closest to your destination. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Average minimum and maximum temperature over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year