Mali weather

Read our complete guide to the weather in Mali.

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

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The weather guide for Mali (Bamako) 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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Mali weather overview

Most of the population of Mali is based in the south of the country, which lies in the Sahel region, while the northern half is in the Sahara desert. During the winter months, the south sees scarcely a drop of rain but, from May to October, it's a different story. The rainy season reaches a crescendo in July and August when there are heavy downpours, mainly in the afternoons and early evenings.

These are often accompanied by storms. Rainfall decreases the further north you go. In the south, there's a price to pay for the consistent sunshine of the winter months: the Harmattan. This strong, dusty desert wind can make life difficult.

What to pack for Mali weather

Light clothing is advisable all year round with warmer clothes for winter nights. Take rainwear if travelling south in the summer months.

Which is the hottest month in Mali?

The hottest time of year in Bamako, Mali is normally May. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 38°C with extreme heat and humidity.

Which month has the most rain in Mali?

In terms of rainfall, August is usually the wettest month in Bamako, Mali with 276mm on average. There are normally 17 days in August with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Mali?

The sunniest time of year in Bamako, Mali is normally November with bright sunshine on average for 78% of daylight hours; that's 9 hours of sunshine per day.

What is the time difference between Mali and the UK?

The time difference between Mali and the UK is GMT+0 hours.

What is the main language spoken in Mali?

The main languages spoken in Mali are Bambara and French.

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What is the currency in Mali?

The currency in Mali is the West African CFA Franc (XOF).

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Which plugs are used in Mali?

Mali uses electrical plug type C + E (220 Volts).

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

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

Do you need a visa for Mali?

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

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Compare Mali weather with the USA

Below the Mali weather chart shows average maximum daytime temperature for Mali (Bamako) and the USA (Washington).

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