Best time to visit Zambia

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When is the best time to visit Zambia?

The best time to visit Zambia (Lusaka) is August based on the following average weather conditions.

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Max Day Temperature (°C)

  • 26°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Zambia (Lusaka)26
  • 26°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Zambia (Lusaka)26
  • 28°C maximum daytime temperature in March in Zambia (Lusaka)28
  • 26°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Zambia (Lusaka)26
  • 25°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Zambia (Lusaka)25
  • 23°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Zambia (Lusaka)23
  • 23°C maximum daytime temperature in July in Zambia (Lusaka)23
  • 26°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Zambia (Lusaka)26
  • 29°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Zambia (Lusaka)29
  • 31°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Zambia (Lusaka)31
  • 29°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Zambia (Lusaka)29
  • 27°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Zambia (Lusaka)27

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The weather guide for Zambia (Lusaka) 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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Zambia weather overview

Zambia combines the heat of the tropics with a high plateau topography and this altitude keeps temperatures moderate and makes the country's extensive highlands a pleasant place to be. The north, which is closer to the equator, experiences the most rain with a longer wet season than in the south.

The rainy season (November to March) is the hottest period of the year and is usually preceded by a period of very warm, dry weather in September and October. Cooler but dry conditions prevail between May and August. The lowland areas of the Zambezi and its tributary, the Luangwa, are the driest but can be hot, humid and oppressive in the rainy season.

What to pack for Zambia weather

Take light clothes with some warmer options for chilly highland nights.

Which is the hottest month in Zambia?

The hottest time of year in Lusaka, Zambia is normally October. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 31°C with moderate heat and humidity.

Which month has the most rain in Zambia?

In terms of rainfall, January is usually the wettest month in Lusaka, Zambia with 216mm on average. There are normally 17 days in January with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Zambia?

The sunniest time of year in Lusaka, Zambia is normally August with bright sunshine on average for 84% of daylight hours; that's 10 hours of sunshine per day.

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