Nigeria climate guide

Temperature in Nigeria (°C)

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max temperature (daytime)
33°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Nigeria (Abuja)33
35°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Nigeria (Abuja)35
35°C maximum daytime temperature in March in Nigeria (Abuja)35
34°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Nigeria (Abuja)34
31°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Nigeria (Abuja)31
29°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Nigeria (Abuja)29
28°C maximum daytime temperature in July in Nigeria (Abuja)28
28°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Nigeria (Abuja)28
29°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Nigeria (Abuja)29
31°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Nigeria (Abuja)31
32°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Nigeria (Abuja)32
32°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Nigeria (Abuja)32
Min temperature (night-time)
18°C minimum night-time temperature in January in Nigeria (Abuja)18
21°C minimum night-time temperature in February in Nigeria (Abuja)21
23°C minimum night-time temperature in March in Nigeria (Abuja)23
23°C minimum night-time temperature in April in Nigeria (Abuja)23
22°C minimum night-time temperature in May in Nigeria (Abuja)22
21°C minimum night-time temperature in June in Nigeria (Abuja)21
21°C minimum night-time temperature in July in Nigeria (Abuja)21
20°C minimum night-time temperature in August in Nigeria (Abuja)20
20°C minimum night-time temperature in September in Nigeria (Abuja)20
20°C minimum night-time temperature in October in Nigeria (Abuja)20
18°C minimum night-time temperature in November in Nigeria (Abuja)18
17°C minimum night-time temperature in December in Nigeria (Abuja)17

Sunshine & Daylight in Nigeria

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily hours of sunshine
8 hours of sunshine per day (64% of daylight hours) in January in Nigeria8
8 hours of sunshine per day (66% of daylight hours) in February in Nigeria8
7 hours of sunshine per day (59% of daylight hours) in March in Nigeria7
7 hours of sunshine per day (56% of daylight hours) in April in Nigeria7
7 hours of sunshine per day (56% of daylight hours) in May in Nigeria7
6 hours of sunshine per day (50% of daylight hours) in June in Nigeria6
5 hours of sunshine per day (40% of daylight hours) in July in Nigeria5
5 hours of sunshine per day (37% of daylight hours) in August in Nigeria5
6 hours of sunshine per day (47% of daylight hours) in September in Nigeria6
8 hours of sunshine per day (63% of daylight hours) in October in Nigeria8
9 hours of sunshine per day (75% of daylight hours) in November in Nigeria9
9 hours of sunshine per day (75% of daylight hours) in December in Nigeria9
Daily hours of daylight
12 hours of daylight per day in January in Nigeria (Abuja)12
12 hours of daylight per day in February in Nigeria (Abuja)12
12 hours of daylight per day in March in Nigeria (Abuja)12
12 hours of daylight per day in April in Nigeria (Abuja)12
13 hours of daylight per day in May in Nigeria (Abuja)13
13 hours of daylight per day in June in Nigeria (Abuja)13
13 hours of daylight per day in July in Nigeria (Abuja)13
12 hours of daylight per day in August in Nigeria (Abuja)12
12 hours of daylight per day in September in Nigeria (Abuja)12
12 hours of daylight per day in October in Nigeria (Abuja)12
12 hours of daylight per day in November in Nigeria (Abuja)12
12 hours of daylight per day in December in Nigeria (Abuja)12

Rainfall in Nigeria

  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 Nigeria (Abuja)0
0 days with some rainfall in February in Nigeria (Abuja)0
2 days with some rainfall in March in Nigeria (Abuja)2
5 days with some rainfall in April in Nigeria (Abuja)5
10 days with some rainfall in May in Nigeria (Abuja)10
13 days with some rainfall in June in Nigeria (Abuja)13
15 days with some rainfall in July in Nigeria (Abuja)15
16 days with some rainfall in August in Nigeria (Abuja)16
15 days with some rainfall in September in Nigeria (Abuja)15
7 days with some rainfall in October in Nigeria (Abuja)7
0 days with some rainfall in November in Nigeria (Abuja)0
0 days with some rainfall in December in Nigeria (Abuja)0
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
2 mm monthly rainfall in January in Nigeria (Abuja)2
5 mm monthly rainfall in February in Nigeria (Abuja)5
20 mm monthly rainfall in March in Nigeria (Abuja)20
74 mm monthly rainfall in April in Nigeria (Abuja)74
148 mm monthly rainfall in May in Nigeria (Abuja)148
164 mm monthly rainfall in June in Nigeria (Abuja)164
216 mm monthly rainfall in July in Nigeria (Abuja)216
238 mm monthly rainfall in August in Nigeria (Abuja)238
235 mm monthly rainfall in September in Nigeria (Abuja)235
99 mm monthly rainfall in October in Nigeria (Abuja)99
4 mm monthly rainfall in November in Nigeria (Abuja)4
1 mm monthly rainfall in December in Nigeria (Abuja)1

More climate for Nigeria

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

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

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The climate guide for Nigeria, represented by Abuja, 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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Nigeria climate overview

With a coastline on the Gulf of Guinea and stretching north to the borders of the Sahara Desert, Nigeria is the most populous country by far in all of Africa. Like so many other modern African states, it was a creation of European imperialism, having been a British colony until 1960.

The northern border with Niger is semi-desert with little more than hardy scrub vegetation. Winters are dry, sunny and warm by day but cold at night. Strong Harmattan sandstorms are also possible in the dry winter months. After a very hot spring, the rainy season brings thunderstorms from May to September and temperatures fall a few degrees.

The dryness of the extreme north soon gives way to savannah and open woodland, which dominates the rest of northern Nigeria. The undulating landscape rises gently to the central Jos Plateau where large expanses of grassland prevail. Summer thunderstorms arrive in early May and continue until October, during which time temperatures are warm to hot. The drier winter season runs from November to April but at this time of year strong dusty winds plague the region.

The southern half of Nigeria is much greener, as savannah grassland leads down to pockets of lush tropical rainforest towards the Gulf of Guinea coast. Forests also clad the spectacular Mambila Mountains that run along the Cameroon border. The Niger River meanders across the countryside, emptying into the Gulf via a marshy and mosquito infested delta. The coast itself is home to scenic sandy beaches and mangrove swamp.

Southern Nigeria is the country's wettest region with only a brief dry season from November to February. Thunderstorms are likely throughout the rest of the year but June and September are particularly wet. The warm or hot temperatures vary little and are accompanied by high summer humidity.

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