Tanzania weather averages

Check Tanzania weather averages before you book your next holiday in 2018/2019. Today's maximum temperature in Tanzania is expected to be 31°C, while the average maximum temperature in January is 32°C. The holiday weather guide shown above is for Dar es Salaam.

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Tanzania weather overview

Tanzania is the biggest country in East Africa, ranging from low coast to hilly districts and high mountains. Its highest point, Mount Kilimanjaro, has permanent snow cover but elsewhere a tropical climate prevails, bringing high temperatures and intense humidity, especially on the coast.

In the high plateau above 3,000m (10,000ft), temperatures and humidity are far more moderate, and nights are frequently chilly. The main rainy season is from November to May, and rainfall is heaviest in the high mountains and along the coast (particularly between March and May).

Inland, the most reliable rainfall occurs in the regions around East Africa's great lakes - Victoria, Malawi and Tanganyika. June to October is the driest, sunniest period and therefore the best time to visit.

What to pack for Tanzania weather

The higher you go in Tanzania, the lower the temperature, especially at night, so take warm clothes if you are planning a trip to the highlands. On the coast, light clothing is fine, and be prepared for showers at any time.

Tropical storm risk: Tanzania cyclone season

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The Tanzania tropical storm risk chart above shows the cyclone season for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Tanzania holiday weather averages by month

Check Tanzania holiday weather averages for a particular month by selecting from the list below. Monthly weather guides include figures for temperature, rainfall, sunshine hours and sea temperature plus daily sunrise & sunset times.

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Compare Tanzania weather with the USA

Below the Tanzania weather chart shows maximum daytime temperature for Tanzania (Dar es Salaam) and the USA (Washington). For more weather parameters or to change the destinations shown visit the comparison weather tool.

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