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The best time to visit Ethiopia

Ethiopia enjoys a mild climate, with average temperatures below 20°C in the highlands. This number can rise past 30°C on the lowland fringes of eastern, southern and western Ethiopia.

Generally the best time to visit is between October and June, when it is the dry season. Rains tend to stop in early October, meaning afterwards the highlands are lush and green – perfect for trekking amongst pretty wildflowers that have sprung up. Be sure to bring a sweater all year round due to Ethiopia’s elevation.

If you’d like to visit during a festival, Ethiopia hosts some jubilant celebrations – from the Timkat festival in January, celebrated by orthodox Christians to the Hidar Tsion; a pilgrimage to Axum by Ethiopians from all over the country.

 

Climate charts for cities and places within Ethiopia

The below climate charts have been compiled by Weather2Travel.com. For an explanation to the various measurements, please read our climate notes.

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Addis Ababa

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2373 2373 2373 2373 2272 2068 2068 2068 2170 2170 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 541 745 948 948 948 948 1050 948 948 745 541 439
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 8 7 7 6 6 7 8 9 10
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 231 472 743 974 934 1275 27411 28111 1767 432 131 110
Rainy Days 4 5 6 10 11 12 11 14 11 7 5 3
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Arba Minch

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3086 3086 2984 2781 2679 2577 2679 2781 2781 2882 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 1254 1355 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1457 1254 1254
Sunshine hours 9 10 9 8 8 7 6 7 8 8 9 10
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 281 271 813 1516 1476 733 643 683 1185 1325 653 231
Rainy Days 5 5 8 12 11 10 10 11 9 10 8 5
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2781 2882 3086 3188 3086 2984 3086 3086 2882 2781

Axum

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2577 2679 2781 2882 2882 2882 2475 2475 2577 2577 2577 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 948 1050 1254 1355 1457 1457 1355 1355 1254 1152 1050 948
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 9 8 8 6 6 8 9 9 9
Daylight hours 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 10 50 131 231 392 542 1847 1797 542 100 201 30
Rainy Days 2 3 3 5 7 8 9 10 7 4 2 2
Humidity N L L M M L N N N L L N
UV 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 9/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Bale Mountains National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1661 1763 1763 1661 1661 1559 1457 1457 1457 1457 1457 1559
Min temp (C)(F) 236 337 337 439 439 439 439 439 337 337 236 134
Sunshine hours 9 9 8 7 7 7 5 6 7 7 8 9
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 442 522 853 1616 1365 894 1646 1777 1295 1124 663 291
Rainy Days 5 6 9 15 15 13 12 13 11 10 9 6
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Gondar

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2781 2882 2984 3086 2882 2577 2373 2373 2577 2679 2679 2679
Min temp (C)(F) 1050 1254 1457 1457 1457 1355 1355 1355 1254 1254 1152 1050
Sunshine hours 10 10 9 9 8 8 6 6 7 8 9 10
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 40 60 181 392 863 1576 32713 30812 1165 462 251 110
Rainy Days 2 2 4 6 10 11 11 13 9 5 2 2
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Harar

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2781 2882 2781 2882 2882 2781 2679 2781 2781 2679 2577
Min temp (C)(F) 948 1050 1254 1457 1559 1661 1559 1559 1457 1152 948 846
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 8 8 8 7 7 8 8 9 9
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 201 281 592 954 1024 653 1094 1406 1024 512 0 80
Rainy Days 2 2 4 7 8 8 6 9 7 5 4 2
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E VH
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E13 11/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2781 2882 3086 3188 3086 2984 3086 3086 2882 2781

Lake Langano

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 2984 3086 2984 2882 2781 2577 2577 2679 2781 2882 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 1152 1254 1457 1559 1559 1559 1559 1559 1457 1355 1152 1050
Sunshine hours 9 10 9 8 8 7 6 7 8 8 9 10
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 191 381 703 853 1044 904 1486 1677 1295 562 211 100
Rainy Days 4 5 7 10 10 10 10 12 9 8 6 4
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E VH
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2781 2882 3086 3188 3086 2984 3086 3086 2882 2781

Lalibela

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2170 2373 2373 2373 2475 2475 2170 2068 2170 2170 2068 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 541 745 846 948 1050 1050 948 948 846 745 541 541
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 8 8 7 6 6 7 8 9 9
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 131 281 552 833 843 733 28111 29512 1285 512 281 211
Rainy Days 3 4 5 7 9 11 11 13 10 6 3 3
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Simien Mountains National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1966 2068 2170 2170 2170 2068 1661 1661 1864 1864 1763 1864
Min temp (C)(F) 236 337 541 643 745 643 643 643 541 439 337 236
Sunshine hours 10 9 9 8 8 7 6 5 7 8 9 9
Daylight hours 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 80 181 442 713 924 1064 29111 29111 1205 542 321 181
Rainy Days 4 4 6 8 11 11 12 14 10 7 4 3
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A