Sierra Leone weather

Read our complete guide to the weather in Sierra Leone.

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

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The weather guide for Sierra Leone (Freetown) 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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Sierra Leone weather overview

Sierra Leone in West Africa has an Atlantic coastline and an inland plain leading to hill country so the further inland you go, the hotter and drier the weather. Humidity is unpleasantly high on the coast and, during the very heavy rainy season between May and November, this combines with heavy cloud to make life very uncomfortable.

Matters improve during the dry season when sunny, bright weather predominates and the Harmattan desert winds blow. Temperatures are high all year.

What to pack for Sierra Leone weather

Take light clothing but go prepared for very heavy downpours during the rainy season, particularly from July to September.

Which is the hottest month in Sierra Leone?

The hottest time of year in Freetown, Sierra Leone is normally May. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 30°C with high heat and humidity.

Which month has the most rain in Sierra Leone?

In terms of rainfall, August is usually the wettest month in Freetown, Sierra Leone with 804mm on average. There are normally 27 days in August with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Sierra Leone?

The sunniest time of year in Freetown, Sierra Leone is normally February with bright sunshine on average for 65% of daylight hours; that's 8 hours of sunshine per day.

When is the sea warmest in Sierra Leone?

The sea is usually at its warmest in Freetown, Sierra Leone in November when the water temperature reaches 28°C.

What is the time difference between Sierra Leone and the UK?

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

What is the main language spoken in Sierra Leone?

The main languages spoken in Sierra Leone are Krio and English.

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What is the currency in Sierra Leone?

The currency in Sierra Leone is the Sierra Leonean Leone (SLL).

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Which plugs are used in Sierra Leone?

Sierra Leone uses electrical plug type D + G (230 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in Sierra Leone?

They drive on the right side of the road in Sierra Leone.

Do you need a visa for Sierra Leone?

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

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Compare Sierra Leone weather with the USA

Below the Sierra Leone weather chart shows average maximum daytime temperature for Sierra Leone (Freetown) and the USA (Washington).

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