Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Zambia

We show the climate in Zambia by comparing the average weather in 3 representative places: Lusaka, Kitwe, and Kasama.

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Kitwe
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Kasama
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Average High and Low Temperature in Zambia

Average High and Low Temperature in ZambiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec45°F45°F50°F50°F55°F55°F60°F60°F65°F65°F70°F70°F75°F75°F80°F80°F85°F85°F90°F90°F95°F95°F654687724894779175NowNowLusakaLusakaKasamaKasama
The daily average high and low air temperature at 2 meters above the ground.
HighJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Lusaka 78°F78°F79°F78°F76°F73°F73°F78°F84°F87°F85°F80°F
Kitwe 78°F78°F79°F79°F79°F77°F79°F84°F91°F93°F88°F81°F
Kasama 77°F77°F77°F78°F77°F75°F76°F81°F87°F90°F87°F80°F
LowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Lusaka 64°F64°F62°F57°F51°F47°F47°F51°F58°F63°F65°F64°F
Kitwe 63°F63°F62°F59°F53°F49°F49°F53°F60°F65°F66°F64°F
Kasama 62°F61°F61°F59°F54°F49°F48°F51°F57°F62°F64°F62°F

Lusaka

Average Hourly Temperature in LusakaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcoldcoolcoolcomfortablecomfortablewarmwarmhotcold

Kitwe

Average Hourly Temperature in KitweJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcoldcoolcoolcomfortablecomfortablewarmhotcoolcomfortable

Kasama

Average Hourly Temperature in KasamaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmwarmhotcomfortable
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Chance of Clearer Skies in Zambia

Chance of Clearer Skies in ZambiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%931890138512NowNowLusakaLusakaKitweKitweKasamaKasama
The percentage of time the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy (i.e., less than 60% of the sky is covered by clouds).
Clearer SkiesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Lusaka 18%27%43%69%85%92%93%90%86%72%45%22%
Kitwe 14%19%32%57%75%87%88%84%77%55%31%17%
Kasama 12%16%29%48%66%79%85%82%70%50%33%17%

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Zambia

Daily Chance of Precipitation in ZambiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%6980NowNowLusakaLusakaKitweKitweKasamaKasama
The percentage of days in which precipitation is observed, excluding trace quantities.
Days of Precip.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Lusaka 20.7d16.8d11.6d3.2d0.6d0.1d0.0d0.0d0.3d2.8d9.4d18.3d
Kitwe 24.4d20.7d16.6d4.6d0.6d0.0d0.1d0.1d0.4d3.2d12.7d22.4d
Kasama 24.6d21.6d21.0d8.6d0.9d0.1d0.0d0.1d0.5d2.8d12.0d22.4d

Average Monthly Rainfall in Zambia

Average Monthly Rainfall in ZambiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 in7.19.88.6NowNowLusakaLusakaKitweKitwe
The average rainfall accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question.
RainfallJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Lusaka 7.0″5.8″3.0″1.1″0.2″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.6″2.5″6.3″
Kitwe 9.5″9.0″4.9″1.2″0.1″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.1″0.7″3.6″8.7″
Kasama 8.3″7.9″5.9″2.2″0.2″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.1″0.5″3.1″7.6″

Hours of Daylight in Zambia

Hours of Daylight in ZambiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec4 hr4 hr6 hr6 hr8 hr8 hr10 hr10 hr12 hr12 hr14 hr14 hr16 hr16 hr18 hr18 hr20 hr20 hr13.011.2NowNowLusakaLusakaKitweKitweKasamaKasama
The number of hours during which the Sun is at least partly above the horizon.
DaylightJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Lusaka 12.9h12.6h12.2h11.7h11.4h11.2h11.3h11.6h12.0h12.5h12.8h13.0h
Kitwe 12.8h12.5h12.2h11.8h11.5h11.4h11.5h11.7h12.0h12.4h12.7h12.9h
Kasama 12.6h12.4h12.1h11.9h11.6h11.5h11.6h11.8h12.1h12.3h12.6h12.7h

Chance of Muggy Conditions in Zambia

Chance of Muggy Conditions in ZambiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%774624NowNowLusakaLusakaKitweKitweKasamaKasama
The percentage of time that is muggy, oppressive, or miserable (i.e., a dew point greater than 65°F).
Muggy daysJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Lusaka 23.0d20.1d15.6d5.3d0.6d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.1d1.1d7.6d18.1d
Kitwe 13.0d12.5d12.3d3.5d0.2d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.3d3.2d10.4d
Kasama 4.8d5.2d6.8d2.5d0.1d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.1d0.9d3.3d

Average Wind Speed in Zambia

Average Wind Speed in ZambiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph12.76.611.45.7NowNowLusakaLusakaKitweKitweKasamaKasama
The average of mean hourly wind speeds at 10 meters above the ground.
Wind Speed (mph)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Lusaka 6.76.77.88.88.89.29.810.812.112.410.17.6
Kitwe 5.95.86.78.28.48.99.710.511.310.88.36.2
Kasama 5.85.56.58.69.09.19.710.511.210.88.46.3

Tourism Score in Zambia

Tourism Score in ZambiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810108.64.68.2NowNowLusakaLusakaKitweKitweKasamaKasama
The tourism score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F.

Beach/Pool Score in Zambia

Beach/Pool Score in ZambiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810107.42.77.73.4NowNowLusakaLusakaKitweKitweKasamaKasama
The beach/pool score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F.

Growing Season in Zambia

Growing Season in ZambiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%20%20%40%40%60%60%80%80%100%100%NowNowLusakaLusakaKitweKitweKasamaKasama
The percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season, defined as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

Growing Degree Days in Zambia

Growing Degree Days in ZambiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec1,000°F1,000°F2,000°F2,000°F3,000°F3,000°F4,000°F4,000°F5,000°F5,000°F6,000°F6,000°F7,000°F7,000°F8,000°F8,000°FNowNowLusakaLusakaKitweKitweKasamaKasama
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, where growing degree days are defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature (50°F in this case).

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Zambia

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in ZambiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh7.55.47.35.14.8NowNowLusakaLusakaKitweKitweKasamaKasama
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter.
Solar Energy (kWh)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Lusaka 5.86.16.46.45.95.55.76.47.17.46.96.0
Kitwe 5.25.46.06.46.15.85.96.57.17.26.55.5
Kasama 4.95.25.76.36.16.06.16.77.17.26.55.3

This report illustrates the typical weather for Lusaka, Kitwe, and Kasama year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

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