Seasons in Zimbabwe

The climate in Zimbabwe varies from subequatorial in the north to tropical in the south. In the south-western regions of the country and in the lower regions in south-eastern Zimbabwe, the climate is a warm steppe.

Most of the country's territory is occupied by wild nature, which today is of special value. About 10% of Zimbabwe belongs to nature reserves.  And, of course, it's hard to imagine a trip to this amazing state without visiting the Victoria Falls.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Zimbabwe

A hot dry spring always starts at temperatures from +30 °C (86 °F) to +40 °C (104 °F). In regions that are located at an altitude of more than 1200 m, it is always 3-4 °C cooler. The average annual precipitation varies from 400 mm in the south to 2000 mm in the east. Spring here always foretells the coming of strong downpours. The rainy season in Zimbabwe lasts from the second half of October to April.

Relative air humidity in October and September does not exceed 35-40%. Beginning in November, the daytime temperature drops - due to the increasing cloudiness, which marks the beginning of the rainy season, and the humidity rises.

The climate of the spring months

(Harare)

March
Max average t°: +26 °C (78 °F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 117 mm (4.6")
April
Max average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 44 mm (1.7")
May
Max average t°: +23 °C (74 °F)
Min average t°: +9 °C (48 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 20 mm (0.8")

Spring holidays

April 10 - The Great Friday;

April 12 - Easter;

April 18 - Independence Day of Zimbabwe;

May 25 is the day of Africa in Zimbabwe.

Summer in Zimbabwe

June and July are the coldest months of the year. At this time for the main territory of the country are characterized by light frosts. Severe frosts (-5 ° C,  23 °F and below) are a rarity. Since mid-August, the temperature starts to rise and its peak reaches in October - therefore September and October are the least pleasant months.

The average temperatures range from +19 °C  (66 °F) to +25 °C  (77 °F) in the daytime and from +10 °C (50 °F) to +16 °C (61 °F) at night. At the same time, in the north and west 2-3 °C warmer than in other regions. In July, there are about 27 sunny days and rains can not be feared.

The climate of the summer months

(Harare)

June
Max average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Min average t°: +6.5 °C (44 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 1.4 mm (0.06")
July
Max average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Min average t°: +6.5 °C (44 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 2.0 mm (0.08")
August
Max average t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Min average t°: +8.5 °C (47 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 1.3 mm (0.05")


Summer holidays

August 11 - Day of National Heroes in Zimbabwe;

August 12 is the Day of Defense Forces in Zimbabwe.

Autumn in Zimbabwe

As the season, autumn in Zimbabwe, can not be singled out. It is a continuation of a long dry summer season and differs only in warming. Therefore in Zimbabwe from October to November, daytime air temperatures reach +38 °C (100 °F), and night falls to +26 °C (79 °F). Humidity decreases to 37% and rainfall is zero.

The climate of the autumn months

(Harare)

September
Max average t°: +27 °C (80 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 3.5 mm (0.1")
October
Max average t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (58 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11.5 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 22 mm (0.9")
November
Max average t°: +27 °C (80 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 126 mm (5.0")

Autumn holidays

At this time, public holidays are not held in Zimbabwe.

Winter in Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe there is a pronounced dry season lasting during the local winter. From May to the second half of October, the probability of precipitation in Zimbabwe is small, sometimes very small. However, in the eastern part of the country, on the border with Mozambique, in the winter sometimes there can be a light rain.

In the winter (in July) during the day the air warms up to +34 °C (93 °F), and at night it cools down to +22 °C (72 °F). Locally in some places, the average amount of precipitation varies from 3-5 millimeters to 10-20 millimeters per month, but in general in Zimbabwe in winter there is almost no rain.

The climate of the winter months

(Harare)

December
Max average t°: +26 °C (78 °F)
Min average t°: +16 °C (60 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 18 days
Precipitation: 259 mm (10.2")
January
Max average t°: +26 °C (78 °F)
Min average t°: +16 °C (60 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 16 days
Precipitation: 243 mm (9.6")
February
Max average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 15 days
Precipitation: 202 mm (8.0")

Winter holidays

December 25 - Christmas;

December 31 - January 1 - New Year.