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The climate of Liberia
The Republic of Liberia is a country situated on the west-coast of Africa. The country founded by ex-slaves from the United States has been one of the poorest countries in the world for decades. A remarkable fact is that many foreign ships sail under Liberian flag, which has mainly to do with the aspect of expenses. Liberia has a flat landscape along the coast which inland, through a hilly landscape, changes into mountainous areas in the north-east. The highest peak of Liberia is Mount Wuteve with an altitude of 1440 meters above sea-level. Although Mount Nimba with an altitude of 1752 meters is higher this is not considered the highest point of Liberia, for the part of this mountain lying in Liberia is lower than 1440 meters. Liberia has a mix of tropical climates, in which along the south-eastern coastal areas the tropical rainforest-climate dominates and in the north-west and inland there is mainly question of a tropical monsoon climate (type Am). The highest situated areas have a tropical savannah climate (type Aw).

 

Climate information of places and areas in Liberia
The climate information on this page is only brief. Specific information about weather and climate can be found on the climate pages per area or town. As for Liberia the following climate information is available:

Buchanan
Monrovia
Zwedru
     

Rainy season
As for precipitation Liberia has two areas. Along the coast there is question of one long rainy season starting at the end of April/beginning of May and lasting until the end of October. The peak, as far as the monthly amount of precipitation is concerned, is in the middle of the rainy season. With an average of not less than 500 to 800 millimeters per month June, August and September are the wettest months here. Inland there is question of two rainy seasons, because the wet period is interrupted by two months of less rainfall. The first rainy season here runs from March until the beginning of July and the second from the end of August up to and including October, in which as a rule September is the wettest month.

Tropically warm
Liberia has the tropical heat which is so characteristic of this region. In the daytime the temperature is practically constantly between 28 and 32 degrees. The coolest moment of the day is immediately before sunrise, when the thermometers almost always have reached approximately 20-22 degrees. In the mountainous areas it can get somewhat cooler at night due to differences in altitude.

 

Climate figures
Scattered over Liberia you find different climate data and temperatures. The data in the table below go for the capital of Monrovia and cannot be considered an average for the country. Visit the individual climate information pages for the climate data of other places in Liberia.

average
 maximum
temperature (C)

average
minimum

temperature (C)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (C)
January 31 21 6 2 28
February 32 22 6 3 28
March 32 22 6 6 28
April 32 22 6 10 29
May 31 22 5 18 29
June 30 22 4 22 28
July 28 21 3 22 27
August 28 21 3 24 27
September 29 22 3 23 27
October 30 22 5 20 28
November 30 22 6 13 28
December 30 22 6 5 29
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they dont give an overall picture of the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time. How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate information per month. The figures below are for the capital Monrovia. For climate figures on specific regions and places please, visit the relevant individual climate pages.
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
click here for the explanation of the symbols

 

Disclaimer
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, its up to the reader to use it to its benefit.

 

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