Seasons in Mozambique

Climate of the northern regions of Mozambique is similar to equatorial and southern portion of the country has tropical trade-wind type of weather conditions. Rainy season lasts from November to May. Droughts and devastations tropical cyclones are frequent.

Annual range of daytime temperatures is between 20 and 30 °C (68-86 °F) and 15 to 25 °C (59-77 °F) at night. During rainy season air feel much hotter than it is due to high humidity. As for precipitation it decreases southward from 1500 mm (59”) to 500 mm (20”) per year. Droughts are frequent in southern regions while north often suffers from catastrophic floods.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Mozambique

April and May are last months of rainy season at least in northern part of the country. Due to reversed order of seasons in South Hemisphere temperature at spring gradually decreases instead of growing. At March averages are 27-30 °C (81-86 °F) and at May daytime temperature is about 26 °C (79 °F). However during rainy season temperature feels around 4-5 °C higher than readings of a thermometer.

At May amount of rainy days decreases to 1, air humidity drops to 64% and weather become more comfortable. Water of Mozambique Chanel has 24 °C (75 °F). It is good time to visit the country. Travelers should mind that Mozambique is still recovering from 16 years of civil war thus in many regions service sector is developing.

The climate of the spring months

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(Maputo)

March
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +20 °C (69 °F)
Water t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 66 mm (2.6")
April
Max average t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Min average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Water t°: +25.5 °C (78 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 25 mm (1.0")
May
Max average t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (60 °F)
Water t°: +23.5 °C (74 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 10 mm (0.4")

Spring holidays

March 21 – Holiday in Tete.

April 7 – Women's Day.

May 1 – Workers' Day.

Summer in Mozambique

The coldest season in Mozambique is still warm yet windy. Temperature hovers around 25 °C (77 °F) and at July, the coldest month of a year, drops to about 23 °C (81 °F). Speed of wind varies from 7 to 9 m/s (16-20 mph) with gusts up to 27 m/s (60 mph). Precipitation is rare. There are only about 7 rainy days in whole season. Temperature of water is in range of 21-23 °C (70-73 °F).

Summer weather promotes all kinds of activities in the country except bird watching. Beautiful beaches, diving around corals in bays with crystal clear water, reserves with reach fauna and of course sightseeing. Blend of Portuguese colonial heritage blended with original African culture in most peculiar way.

The climate of the summer months

(Maputo)

June
Max average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Water t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 3.8 mm (0.15")
July
Max average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Water t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 6.4 mm (0.25")
August
Max average t°: +26 °C (78 °F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Water t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 7.7 mm (0.3")


Summer holidays

June 25 – Independence Day.
July 17 – Holiday in Chimoio.

August 12 – Holiday in Inhambane.
August 20 – Holiday in Beira, Mozambique.
August 21 – Holiday in Quelimane.
August 22 – Holiday in Nampula.
August 23 – Holiday in Lichinga.

Autumn in Mozambique

In general autumn in Mozambique is warmer and less windy than summer was. Average temperature of the season is about 27 °C (81 °F). At September it may rise to 29 °C (84 °F) and at October drop to 25 °C (77 °F). Yet such shifts are occasional and don’t last long. During the season amount of precipitation gradually grows as well as air humidity (from 62% to 72%). Rainy winter is coming.

At September precipitation is low while each of following autumn months have about 4 rainy days. Autumn is completely suitable time to visit the country and realize all planned activities. Water of Mozambique Chanel promotes seaside vacationing with its 24-27 °C (75-81 °F).

The climate of the autumn months

(Maputo)

September
Max average t°: +27 °C (80 °F)
Min average t°: +16 °C (60 °F)
Water t°: +22.5 °C (73 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 18 mm (0.7")
October
Max average t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Min average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Water t°: +23.5 °C (74 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 46 mm (1.8")
November
Max average t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Min average t°: +19 °C (67 °F)
Water t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 44 mm (1.7")

Autumn holidays

September 7 – Victory Day.
September 25 – Revolution Day.

October 4 – Day of Peace and Reconciliation.
October 7 – Holiday in Xai-Xai.
October 18 – Holiday in Pemba.

November 10 – Holiday in Maputo.

Winter in Mozambique

At winter months there’s climatic summer in Mozambique. December is relatively dry with about 4 rainy days and average temperature of 31 °C (88 °F). Temperature remains almost same through whole season. Starting from January weather dramatically changes. Approximately one week of following two months will be rainy. Air humidity will grow to 75% and it will be stuffy. February charts a course to decreasing of precipitation and temperature yet rainy March is still ahead.

After rain temperature usually decreases but not for long. In general showers in Mozambique aren’t big concern for visitors. In addition winter is the best time to watch birds and water of the ocean warms up to 28 °C (82 °F). There will be no crowds of tourists either way thus one may choose any suitable time to visit Mozambique.

The climate of the winter months

(Maputo)

December
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +20 °C (69 °F)
Water t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 70 mm (2.8")
January
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (71 °F)
Water t°: +27.5 °C (82 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 62 mm (2.4")
February
Max average t°: +31 °C (87 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (71 °F)
Water t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 41 mm (1.6")

Winter holidays

December 25 – Family Day (Christmas).

January 1 – New Year's Day.

February 3 – Heroes' Day.