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Best time to visit Malawi

The lovely country of Malawi is great to visit at any time of the year. As always, depending on what your focus is there may be certain months that could suit you better, for example if you're a birder or diver perhaps, but there are always good things to see and do here. The tropical climate varies from cool in the highlands to warm around Lake Malawi.
The dry season, especially from May to October, tends to be seen as the best time to come here in general.



Temperatures vary from below freezing at night on the high plateau in winter (July) to 30°c in the Lower Shire Valley in summer (December). It is hard to generalise but through much of the year temperatures during the day are in the mid-20°c. In the short hot season, November to December, maximum temperatures may rise to the lower 30s°c. Lake Malawi's surface temperature varies from about 24°c to 28°c.


Dry Season in Malawi

(April to November)
May to July can be quite cool, and the highlands can be very cold at this time. November and early December can be quite hot and humid.


Rainy season in Malawi

November (short rains) - December to March (long rains)
Rains in Malawi are generally short-lived, with the heaviest rain falling in February and March during which time many roads can become impassable.

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