The climate of Zambia
Zambia is located in the southern part of the African continent.
Zambia is not situated on the sea but enclosed by Angola, Botswana,
Congo-Kinshasa, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Zambia is
located at an altitude varying between 329 and 2,301 meters above sea
level. The Zambezi River is the lowest point; the highest point are
the Mafinga hills at an altitude of 2,301 meters. The landscape varies
from plateaus, hills and basins to rivers. Because of the presence of
water and the differences in altitude beautiful natural phenomena have
formed such as the Victoria waterfalls where the water from the
Zambezi falls 100 meters. The climate in Zambia causes beautiful
variations in plant and animal life. An ever increasing number of
tourists have discovered Zambia as a peaceful and very good
alternative for more popular destinations such as Namibia and
Climate information of places and areas in Zambia
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 Zambia the following climate
information is available:
The largest part of Zambia has a warm China climate. This climate type
gets most precipitation during the summer. The wettest month gets at
least ten times the amount of rain as the driest month of winter. The
northern part of Zambia has a moderate China climate because of lower
temperatures caused by the higher altitudes of these areas. The
western part of Zambia bordering Angola is much warmer. This area has
a tropical steppe climate (type Aw). The southwestern part where the
Victoria Falls are situated forms the transition to a warm steppe
Zambia has a wet season during the local summer. From the end of
October chances of precipitation increase; December, January and
February are very wet. From March precipitation figures start to
decrease; the dry winter starts in April. Most precipitation falls in
the northern part of Zambia. Kasama gets more than 200 millimeters of
precipitation per month for a period of four months. The wet season
also causes a smaller amount of hours of sunshine per day. During the
winter about 10 hours of sunshine per day can be expected; during the
winter the sun only shines for 4-7 hours per day.
Throughout Zambia several climate figures and temperatures can be
recorded. The figures below are for the capital Lusaka and cannot be
seen as an average for the country. Please, visit the individual
climate pages for climate records on other places in Zambia.
More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they don’t 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 can are for the capital
Lusaka. Please, visit the individual climate pages for climate records
on other places in Zambia.
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