Seasons in Angola

Regions distant from the ocean have equatorial trade-wind climate with pronounced dry and rainy seasons. In central regions of the country rainy season lasts from October to May. Amount of precipitation at this season reaches 1500 mm (59”). Dry part of a year is between June and September inclusive. September and October are the warmest months. Temperature in plain areas reaches 29 °C (84 °C) and on plateau (90% of territory of the country) it is 22 °C (72 °F). At cold June and July temperatures in plains and highlands are 22 °C (72 °F) and 15 °C (59 °F) respectively.

Weather on coastal plains is dry tropical trade-wind. It is formed under influence of cold Benguela Current. In southernmost part of the coast there is only 25 mm (1”) of annual precipitation while in northern part there is up to 300 mm (12”).


Weather and Climate

Spring in Angola

Weather of March is mostly cloudy however there are only about two days with precipitation. Daytime temperature varies from 24 to 30 °C (75-86 °F) depending on location. At nights air cools down to 26 °C (79 °F). Humidity rises to 82% thus at noon weather may feel bit uncomfortable. April is drier and has more sunny days. Though temperature averages are similar to previous month April is considered as the hottest month.

May brings increasing of humidity thus even moderate temperatures are less tolerable. Daytime temperature decreases to about 28 °C (82 °F). Rains are unlikely and amount of sunny days continues to grow. Temperature of Atlantic coastal waters drops from 28 °C (82 °F) at March to 23 °C (73 °F) at May.

The climate of the spring months

(Luanda)

March
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Water t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 62 mm (2.4")
April
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Water t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 95 mm (3.7")
May
Max average t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Water t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 21 mm (0.8")

Spring holidays

March 8 – International Women's Day.
April 4 – Day of Peace and Reconciliation, end of the Angolan Civil War.

May 1 – Labor Day.
May 25 – Africa's Day.

Summer in Angola

Angola is located in South Hemisphere thus local summer corresponds to winter in Northern Hemisphere. Through June and July daytime averages decrease from 25 to 22 °C. Luanda, the capital of the country, is warmer with 26 °C. Summer is cloudy too yet rains aren’t so frequent.

July and August are considered as coldest month of a year. Though temperatures of air and water are pleasant enough for they vaguely go lower than 20 °C even at night. By local standards it is cold. Air humidity decreases doo. Only by the end of August weather becomes “warmer” with couple of additional degrees in reading of thermometer.

The climate of the summer months

(Luanda)

June
Max average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Min average t°: +19 °C (77 °F)
Water t°: +22.5 °C (72 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 1.9 mm (0.08")
July
Max average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +18 °C (75 °F)
Water t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 1.6 mm (0.06")
August
Max average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +18 °C (75 °F)
Water t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 2.9 mm (0.1")


Summer holidays

June 1 – International Children's Day.

Autumn in Angola

At autumn there are more sunny days. September comparing to June have twice bigger amount of then: 18. Average temperature is about 23 °C at daytime and about 21 °C at night corrected for certain regions. At October temperature returns to its usual range around 26 °C. There’s only two rainy days.

November means beginning of the best time to visit the country. While Europe has cold and slushy winter in Angola summer runs the show. Waters of Atlantic Ocean warm up to 27 °C and humidity decreases to about 75% creating perfect conditions for vacationing.

The climate of the autumn months

(Luanda)

September
Max average t°: +25 °C (78 °F)
Min average t°: +19.5 °C (67 °F)
Water t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 10 mm (0.4")
October
Max average t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (71 °F)
Water t°: +24.5 °C (76 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 44 mm (1.7")
November
Max average t°: +28 °C (83 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Water t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 48 mm (1.9")

Autumn holidays

September 17 – Agostinho Neto's Day and National Heroes Day.

November 2 – All Souls Day.

November 11 – Independence Day.

Winter in Angola

Weather of December remains as good as it was by the end of November unless it is slightly warmer. There are plenty of sunny days, air is warm, ocean too and precipitation is poor. January is the windiest month of a year however speed of the wind is about 5 m/s (11 mph) which isn’t a concern at all.

January is mainly overcast. Temperature varies from 24 °C in east to 31 °C in northwestern regions. Precipitation is still few. However when rain occurs temperature may drop from 30 °C to 16 °C in the matter of minutes and then reach previous state n same fast way. Thus travelers should be prepared for rapid shifts of temperature.

The climate of the winter months

(Luanda)

December
Max average t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Water t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 58 mm (2.3")
January
Max average t°: +29 °C (85 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (74 °F)
Water t°: +26.5 °C (80 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 54 mm (2.1")
February
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +23.5 °C (74 °F)
Water t°: +27.5 °C (82 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 58 mm (2.3")

Winter holidays

December 25 – Christmas.
December 31 – New Year's Eve.

January 1 – New Year's Day.
January 4 – Colonial Repression Martyrs' Day.
January 25 – Luanda's Day.

February 4 – Day of the Armed Struggle, in memory of the Baixa de Cassanje revolt.