Chad Climate & Weather

Chad Climate and Weather

Chad has three distinct climate zones: the south of the country is in the equatorial rain belt and has a tropical climate, with temperatures that can reach as high as 104°F (40°C) and high rainfall; the central region of the country, including N'Djamena and Lake Chad, is arid and can get swelteringly hot, sometimes exceeding 113°F (45°C); and the north is dominated by the Sahara desert with extreme heat during the day and extreme cold at night. A tropical weather system known as the intertropical front crosses Chad from south to north every year bringing the rain. The wet season lasts from May to October in the south and from June to September in the central region, coinciding with the hottest time of the year. The north gets very little rain.

The best time to visit Chad is in winter and spring, between November and May, when it is cooler and dry with hardly any rainfall. During these months the temperatures range comfortably between 68°F (20°C) and 77°F (25°C) on average. During the rainy season it is often extremely difficult to traverse the country's roads, very few of which are tarred, making travel difficult. From a game viewing perspective the dry season is better as the animals are generally more visible.

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