The climate of Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is a country located in the western part of the African
continent. The country was known as the Republic of Upper Volta
until 1984. As opposed to its surrounding countries in which
political changes often went hand in hand with extreme violence
Burkina Faso is a peaceful country. The largest part of Burkina Faso
consists of a pen plain (flat land surface representing an advanced
stage of erosion) and is located at an altitude of 400 meters above
sea level. The highest point in this fairly flat country is
Ténakourou located at an altitude of 749 meters above sea level.
Burkina Faso is located at the spot where a tropical savannah
climate changes into a drier and warmer steppe climate. A small
region in the northern part of the country is located in the Sahel
and has a warm desert climate.
Climate information of places and areas in Burkina Faso
The climate information given on this page is only brief. Specific
information on weather and climate can be found on the pages per
region or city. The following climate information is available for
Burkina Faso has a dry season when it is winter on the northern
hemisphere. From November until the second part of April
precipitation figures are almost nil. Showers hardly occur during
this period, when showers do occur precipitation figures are low. In
May the weather changes, the rainy season is from May until the
second part of October. Precipitation figures are highest in August.
In the wettest regions about 300 millimeters of rainfall can be
recorded in August (long term average). During really wet years more
than 400 millimeters of precipitation can be recorded.
Because Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in which the sea has
little to no influence on the climate the country is among the
warmest countries in the region. From March till May average maximum
temperatures are between 36-42 degrees Celsius (97-107 degrees
Fahrenheit). During some days temperatures may even rise higher.
Especially in the northern part of the country which is located in
the Sahel temperatures may even rise up to 50 degrees Celsius (120
degrees Fahrenheit). When the rainy season starts chances of
precipitation increase and temperatures start to drop. When the
rainy season is over temperatures start to rise again. However, it
doesn’t immediately get as hot as during the end of the dry season.
Throughout Burkina Faso several climate figures and temperatures
can be recorded. The figures below are for Ouagadougou and cannot be
seen as an average for this country. For climate figures for other
places and regions in Burkina Faso please, visit the individual
More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but don’t present a general impression
of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a
certain period. The figures don’t always reflect the chance of
wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer
useful extra climate information for each month of the year:
The information at this site was carefully composed from climate data collected by meteorological services, meteorological offices, climate experts and other sources. “More climate info” is based on statistics, climate data and personal experience. No rights can be derived from this site. Weather has no memory and gives no guaranties. Nothing is as changeable and unpredictable as the weather. The authors of this site feel in no way responsible for any damages caused by misinterpretation or other circumstances that may influence your holiday or trip to a certain destination. We provide information, it’s up to the reader to use it to it’s benefit.