Average weather and climate in Mauritania
Most of Mauritania (about two-thirds of the country) has a Saharan climate. Daytime temperatures exceed 38 degrees Celcius (100° Fahrenheit) in most areas for over 6 months of the year, however the nights are cool. The best time to visit is November-February, when temperatures are hot during the day, but cooler at night (highs around 30 degrees celcius / 85° Fahrenheit and lows around 13° degrees Celsius 55° Fahrenheit).
Although conditions are generally desert like, three climatic regions can be found. Southern Mauritania has a Sahelian climate; there is one rainy season from July to October. Annual rainfall averages 66 cm (26 in) in the far south; at Nouakchott the annual average is 14 cm (5.5 in).
Trade winds moderate the temperature in the coastal region. The average maximum temperature at Nouadhibou for January is 26° C (79° F ), and for October 32° C (90° F ); average minimums are 13° C (55° F ) for January and 19° C (66° F ) for July.
Interested in the more detailed Weather and Climate of Mauritania?
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