Weather

Climate & Weather in Tanzania

 
The long dry season lasts from June to October is when rainfall is unusual, even on the islands. Temperatures vary hugely with altitude and location, but it's usually a fine, clear sky and sunny weather – it's a great time to visit Tanzania. During November and December there's another rainy season: the 'short rains'. These are much lighter than the main rains – March to May -and less reliable.
 
If it has rained during the short rains, then it normally dries up for a few months, January and February, which is Tanzania's 'short dry season', before starting to rain again in earnest in March.
 
During the long rains (from March to the end of May, the low season) tourism is much quieter; this is also true during the short rains from October to December. The rains generally don’t affect your ability to get around the country, but some secondary roads are often muddy or impassable.
 
Spring: September – November  
Summer: December - March
Autumn: April - June
Winter: July – August  
 

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES

DAR-ES-SALAAM

ZANZIBAR

 

°C / °F

°C / °F

JANUARY

22-32 / 75-90

22-32 / 72-90

FEBRUARY

23-32 / 73-90

23-32 / 72-90

MARCH

23-32 / 73-90

22-32 / 72-90

APRIL

23-31 / 73-88

23-30 / 73-86

MAY

21-30 / 70-86

22-30 / 72-86

JUNE

19-29 / 66-84

21-29 / 70-84

JULY

19-29 / 66-84

20-29 / 68-84

AUGUST

18-29 / 64-84

19-29 / 66-84

SEPTEMBER

19-30 / 66-86

18-30 / 64-86

OCTOBER

20-31 / 68-88

19-31 / 66-88

NOVEMBER

22-31 / 72-88

20-31 / 68-88

DECEMBER

23-32 / 73-90

22-31 / 72-88