Uganda climate guide

Read our complete guide to the climate in Uganda.

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The climate guide for Uganda (Kampala) 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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Uganda climate overview

Uganda is a landlocked country lying on the equator in East Africa. It has magnificent scenery, including lakes, snow-capped mountains, thick tropical forests, and savannah grasslands. Set on a high plateau surrounded by mountains, the country also includes almost half of Lake Victoria.

A former British colony, Uganda suffered violent political unrest in the 25 years following independence in 1962. Since the late 1980's stability has returned, however travel to the north of the country and particularly the Karamoja region is not advised because of continuing ethnic conflict and rebel activity.

Lake Victoria in the south provides an extensive, lush, and fertile shoreline. Set over 1,100 metres (3,600 ft) above sea level it is also the source of the river Nile, which meanders northwards through Uganda providing valuable irrigation for dense arable farming along the river basin.

In the east of the country, on the border with Kenya, the craggy snow-capped extinct volcano of Mount Elgon rises majestically from open moorland and dense jungle. It is in this mountain area that most of Uganda's main export crop, coffee, is produced.

The north of the country is a plateau covered by extensive savannah grassland, and mountains again rise in the west forming the border with Congo-Kinshasa. It is in the west of the country that the majority of Uganda's national parks are also located. Mount Rwenzori, in the famous Mountains of the Moon, named for their mist-shrouded snow-capped peaks, hosts some of the finest montane forest in all of Africa including giant forms of certain plant species.

Despite its position on the equator Uganda never experiences high heat and humidity because of its elevation above sea level. Temperatures are warm throughout the year although mountain areas are cooler.

There are two rainy seasons from March to May and October to November, but scattered showers are possible anytime. In the north, where rainfall levels are lower, the two rainy seasons are less pronounced.

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