Ethiopia weather

Read our complete guide to the weather in Ethiopia.

Below are the temperatures expected today at popular destinations in Ethiopia. Select a destination to compare today's forecast with average weather conditions.

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The weather guide for Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by meteoblue. Find out more about our data sources.

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Ethiopia weather overview

A hilly country with high mountain ranges soaring up to 4,600m (15,000ft), Ethiopia has a range of climatic conditions. Its eastern lowland areas are hot and sticky with a desert-like climate, while conditions are more temperate up in the hills and much cooler in the mountains.

The country has a heavy rainy season, between June and September, when the central and western highlands will witness downpours. These are more ferocious in the west where up to 2,000mm (80in) of rain falls every year and thunderstorms are frequent. Suggestions on suitable clothing vary according to the region being visited.

What to pack for Ethiopia weather

Light clothes are best for the hot lowlands but warmer attire is needed in the hills and visitors should wrap up well if going high into the mountains. Night-time temperatures can be particularly chilly.

Which is the hottest month in Ethiopia?

The hottest time of year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is normally May. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 23°C.

Which month has the most rain in Ethiopia?

In terms of rainfall, August is usually the wettest month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with 281mm on average. There are normally 14 days in August with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Ethiopia?

The sunniest time of year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is normally December with bright sunshine on average for 82% of daylight hours; that's 10 hours of sunshine per day.

What is the time difference between Ethiopia and the UK?

The time difference between Ethiopia and the UK is GMT+3 hours.

What is the main language spoken in Ethiopia?

The main languages spoken in Ethiopia are Oromo and Amharic.

What is the currency in Ethiopia?

The currency in Ethiopia is the Ethiopian Birr (ETB).

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Which plugs are used in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia uses electrical plug type C + F + G (220 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in Ethiopia?

They drive on the right side of the road in Ethiopia.

Do you need a visa for Ethiopia?

Yes, UK passport holders do need a visa to enter Ethiopia.

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Compare Ethiopia weather with the USA

Below the Ethiopia weather chart shows average maximum daytime temperature for Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) and the USA (Washington).

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