Burkina Faso climate guide

Temperature in Burkina Faso (°C)

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max temperature (daytime)
33°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)33
36°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)36
38°C maximum daytime temperature in March in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)38
40°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)40
38°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)38
35°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)35
32°C maximum daytime temperature in July in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)32
32°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)32
32°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)32
36°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)36
36°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)36
33°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)33
Min temperature (night-time)
17°C minimum night-time temperature in January in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)17
20°C minimum night-time temperature in February in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)20
24°C minimum night-time temperature in March in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)24
27°C minimum night-time temperature in April in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)27
27°C minimum night-time temperature in May in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)27
25°C minimum night-time temperature in June in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)25
23°C minimum night-time temperature in July in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)23
23°C minimum night-time temperature in August in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)23
23°C minimum night-time temperature in September in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)23
23°C minimum night-time temperature in October in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)23
20°C minimum night-time temperature in November in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)20
17°C minimum night-time temperature in December in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)17

Sunshine & Daylight in Burkina Faso

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily hours of sunshine
Daily hours of daylight
11 hours of daylight per day in January in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)11
12 hours of daylight per day in February in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)12
12 hours of daylight per day in March in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)12
12 hours of daylight per day in April in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)12
13 hours of daylight per day in May in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)13
13 hours of daylight per day in June in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)13
13 hours of daylight per day in July in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)13
13 hours of daylight per day in August in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)13
12 hours of daylight per day in September in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)12
12 hours of daylight per day in October in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)12
12 hours of daylight per day in November in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)12
11 hours of daylight per day in December in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)11

Rainfall in Burkina Faso

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Number of days with some rain
0 days with some rainfall in January in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)0
0 days with some rainfall in February in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)0
1 day with some rainfall in March in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)1
2 days with some rainfall in April in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)2
6 days with some rainfall in May in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)6
9 days with some rainfall in June in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)9
11 days with some rainfall in July in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)11
15 days with some rainfall in August in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)15
9 days with some rainfall in September in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)9
4 days with some rainfall in October in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)4
1 day with some rainfall in November in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)1
0 days with some rainfall in December in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)0
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
0 mm monthly rainfall in January in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)0
1 mm monthly rainfall in February in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)1
5 mm monthly rainfall in March in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)5
25 mm monthly rainfall in April in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)25
74 mm monthly rainfall in May in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)74
107 mm monthly rainfall in June in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)107
174 mm monthly rainfall in July in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)174
225 mm monthly rainfall in August in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)225
138 mm monthly rainfall in September in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)138
32 mm monthly rainfall in October in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)32
1 mm monthly rainfall in November in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)1
1 mm monthly rainfall in December in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)1

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  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
UV Index (Maximum)
UV (maximum) index 10 (Very High) in January in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)10
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in February in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in March in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in April in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in May in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in June in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in July in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in August in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in September in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)11
UV (maximum) index 11 (Extreme) in October in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)11
UV (maximum) index 10 (Very High) in November in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)10
UV (maximum) index 9 (Very High) in December in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)9
Heat & Humidity
Moderate heat & humidity in January in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)M
High heat & humidity in February in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)H
Very high heat & humidity in March in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)VH
Extreme heat & humidity in April in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)E
Extreme heat & humidity in May in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)E
Very high heat & humidity in June in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)VH
Very high heat & humidity in July in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)VH
High heat & humidity in August in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)H
Very high heat & humidity in September in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)VH
Very high heat & humidity in October in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)VH
Very high heat & humidity in November in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)VH
High heat & humidity in December in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou)H

Note: 0 = None, L = Low, M = Moderate, H = High, VH = Very high, E = Extreme

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The climate guide for Burkina Faso, represented by Ouagadougou, shows long term monthly weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia), the Met Office & the Netherlands Meteorological Institute. Find out more about our data sources.

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Burkina Faso climate overview

This landlocked west African country, once part of the Great Mossi Empire, and formerly known as Upper Volta was a French colony until 1960. Today, despite a chequered history of coup and counter coup, Burkina Faso enjoys reasonable political stability and is well known for its cultural sophistication and the hospitality of its inhabitants.

The north of Burkina Faso is covered in sand dunes or desolate semi-arid landscape at best. Vegetation is restricted to low scrub due to overgrazing and an ever-encroaching Sahara Desert. The region is sparsely populated with only the hardiest Tuareg nomads surviving.

It rarely rains in the north of the country, although occasional light showers fall between June and September. The rest of the year it remains bone-dry. Temperatures during the summer are hot, falling to warm in winter when it may even become cool at night. Winters are also plagued by dusty Harmattan winds.

Further south, Burkina Faso becomes increasingly green and fertile. Rolling hills support wooded savannahs and pockets of forest that are being rapidly cleared to make way for sugarcane plantations. The highest hills are found in the far southwest corner around Banfora where the seasonal Karfiguéla Waterfalls cascade over beautiful escarpments. The south is also where the most intensive farming is undertaken with rice, grain, and cotton all grown.

The southern half of Burkina Faso experiences a rainy season from June to October when heavy and frequent summer showers develop, often becoming thundery. The rest of the year is dry. The hot temperatures peak in late spring, before the summer rains arrive causing temperatures to fall slightly.

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