Malawi climate guide

Temperature in Malawi (°C)

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max temperature (daytime)
27°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Malawi (Lilongwe)27
27°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Malawi (Lilongwe)27
27°C maximum daytime temperature in March in Malawi (Lilongwe)27
27°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Malawi (Lilongwe)27
26°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Malawi (Lilongwe)26
24°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Malawi (Lilongwe)24
24°C maximum daytime temperature in July in Malawi (Lilongwe)24
25°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Malawi (Lilongwe)25
28°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Malawi (Lilongwe)28
30°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Malawi (Lilongwe)30
30°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Malawi (Lilongwe)30
28°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Malawi (Lilongwe)28
Min temperature (night-time)
18°C minimum night-time temperature in January in Malawi (Lilongwe)18
18°C minimum night-time temperature in February in Malawi (Lilongwe)18
17°C minimum night-time temperature in March in Malawi (Lilongwe)17
15°C minimum night-time temperature in April in Malawi (Lilongwe)15
12°C minimum night-time temperature in May in Malawi (Lilongwe)12
9°C minimum night-time temperature in June in Malawi (Lilongwe)9
9°C minimum night-time temperature in July in Malawi (Lilongwe)9
10°C minimum night-time temperature in August in Malawi (Lilongwe)10
13°C minimum night-time temperature in September in Malawi (Lilongwe)13
16°C minimum night-time temperature in October in Malawi (Lilongwe)16
18°C minimum night-time temperature in November in Malawi (Lilongwe)18
18°C minimum night-time temperature in December in Malawi (Lilongwe)18

Sunshine & Daylight in Malawi

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily hours of sunshine
5 hours of sunshine per day (40% of daylight hours) in January in Malawi5
5 hours of sunshine per day (43% of daylight hours) in February in Malawi5
7 hours of sunshine per day (54% of daylight hours) in March in Malawi7
8 hours of sunshine per day (66% of daylight hours) in April in Malawi8
9 hours of sunshine per day (75% of daylight hours) in May in Malawi9
8 hours of sunshine per day (73% of daylight hours) in June in Malawi8
8 hours of sunshine per day (70% of daylight hours) in July in Malawi8
9 hours of sunshine per day (76% of daylight hours) in August in Malawi9
10 hours of sunshine per day (80% of daylight hours) in September in Malawi10
9 hours of sunshine per day (76% of daylight hours) in October in Malawi9
8 hours of sunshine per day (61% of daylight hours) in November in Malawi8
6 hours of sunshine per day (43% of daylight hours) in December in Malawi6
Daily hours of daylight
13 hours of daylight per day in January in Malawi (Lilongwe)13
13 hours of daylight per day in February in Malawi (Lilongwe)13
12 hours of daylight per day in March in Malawi (Lilongwe)12
12 hours of daylight per day in April in Malawi (Lilongwe)12
11 hours of daylight per day in May in Malawi (Lilongwe)11
11 hours of daylight per day in June in Malawi (Lilongwe)11
11 hours of daylight per day in July in Malawi (Lilongwe)11
12 hours of daylight per day in August in Malawi (Lilongwe)12
12 hours of daylight per day in September in Malawi (Lilongwe)12
12 hours of daylight per day in October in Malawi (Lilongwe)12
13 hours of daylight per day in November in Malawi (Lilongwe)13
13 hours of daylight per day in December in Malawi (Lilongwe)13

Rainfall in Malawi

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Number of days with some rain
18 days with some rainfall in January in Malawi (Lilongwe)18
15 days with some rainfall in February in Malawi (Lilongwe)15
12 days with some rainfall in March in Malawi (Lilongwe)12
6 days with some rainfall in April in Malawi (Lilongwe)6
2 days with some rainfall in May in Malawi (Lilongwe)2
1 day with some rainfall in June in Malawi (Lilongwe)1
1 day with some rainfall in July in Malawi (Lilongwe)1
1 day with some rainfall in August in Malawi (Lilongwe)1
1 day with some rainfall in September in Malawi (Lilongwe)1
2 days with some rainfall in October in Malawi (Lilongwe)2
7 days with some rainfall in November in Malawi (Lilongwe)7
16 days with some rainfall in December in Malawi (Lilongwe)16
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
223 mm monthly rainfall in January in Malawi (Lilongwe)223
188 mm monthly rainfall in February in Malawi (Lilongwe)188
129 mm monthly rainfall in March in Malawi (Lilongwe)129
45 mm monthly rainfall in April in Malawi (Lilongwe)45
9 mm monthly rainfall in May in Malawi (Lilongwe)9
1 mm monthly rainfall in June in Malawi (Lilongwe)1
1 mm monthly rainfall in July in Malawi (Lilongwe)1
0 mm monthly rainfall in August in Malawi (Lilongwe)0
1 mm monthly rainfall in September in Malawi (Lilongwe)1
8 mm monthly rainfall in October in Malawi (Lilongwe)8
59 mm monthly rainfall in November in Malawi (Lilongwe)59
179 mm monthly rainfall in December in Malawi (Lilongwe)179

More climate for Malawi

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
UV Index (Maximum)
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in January in Malawi (Lilongwe)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in February in Malawi (Lilongwe)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in March in Malawi (Lilongwe)11
UV (maximum) index 11 (Extreme) in April in Malawi (Lilongwe)11
UV (maximum) index 9 (Very High) in May in Malawi (Lilongwe)9
UV (maximum) index 8 (Very High) in June in Malawi (Lilongwe)8
UV (maximum) index 9 (Very High) in July in Malawi (Lilongwe)9
UV (maximum) index 10 (Very High) in August in Malawi (Lilongwe)10
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in September in Malawi (Lilongwe)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in October in Malawi (Lilongwe)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in November in Malawi (Lilongwe)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in December in Malawi (Lilongwe)11
Heat & Humidity
Moderate heat & humidity in January in Malawi (Lilongwe)M
Moderate heat & humidity in February in Malawi (Lilongwe)M
Low heat & humidity in March in Malawi (Lilongwe)L
Low heat & humidity in April in Malawi (Lilongwe)L
No heat & humidity in May in Malawi (Lilongwe)0
No heat & humidity in June in Malawi (Lilongwe)0
No heat & humidity in July in Malawi (Lilongwe)0
No heat & humidity in August in Malawi (Lilongwe)0
Low heat & humidity in September in Malawi (Lilongwe)L
Moderate heat & humidity in October in Malawi (Lilongwe)M
Moderate heat & humidity in November in Malawi (Lilongwe)M
Moderate heat & humidity in December in Malawi (Lilongwe)M

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

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The climate guide for Malawi, represented by Lilongwe, 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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Malawi climate overview

Malawi is an elevated landlocked country in south-eastern Africa to the north of Mozambique and to the east of Zambia. Known formerly as Nyasaland this ex-British colony was explored by David Livingstone in the nineteenth century who dubbed Lake Nyasa the 'Lake of Stars' for of its crystal clear waters.

The dominant physical feature is the long and narrow lake, now known as Lake Malawi, a huge highland body of freshwater and the most southerly lake in the Great Rift Valley. It is fringed by sandy beaches, enclosed by sheer mountains covered in tropical vegetation, though much of the original woodland has been cleared for cultivation.

Northern Malawi consists of the rolling Nyika and Viphya Plateaux, which are covered in montane grassland and damp bog, beautified by wildflowers. Rugged escarpments and mountains rise from the plateaux, with slopes either clad in thick forests or cleared to grow tea and tobacco.

The climate in Northern Malawi is characterised by a long wet season running from November to April when cloudiness is greatest and there are frequent thunderstorms. Temperatures are warm with occasional hot days confined to October and November, just before the rains arrive. The cooler season from May to October is mostly dry and much sunnier with comfortable daytime temperatures.

Southern Malawi is more densely populated than the north and is mostly low-lying except for the Zomba Plateau and the huge, isolated Mulanje Massif in the southeast. A river valley runs from the southern end of Lake Malawi through a number of game reserves, and eventually into neighbouring Mozambique. The valley is dominated by wetlands and grassland supporting grazing cattle.

In the south the rainy season is usually slightly shorter than in the north, although rainfall everywhere in Malawi can be variable. Temperatures throughout the lowlands are a few degrees hotter than on the northern plateaux and high heat and humidity can be a problem in the wet season.

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