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Ethiopia Climate & Weather

Ethiopia Climate and Weather


Ethiopia is in the tropical zone lying between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer. There are three different climate zones in Ethiopia and weather varies substantially depending on altitude. The lowlands are generally hot and humid, with cooler temperatures in the Ethiopian Highlands. Although the low-lying areas are tropical in climate due to the proximity to the equator, the mountainous regions can get chilly and the climate is more alpine. The average annual temperature in the highlands is about 61° F (16° C), while the lowlands average about 82° F (28° C). At Addis Ababa, which ranges from 7,218 to 8,530 feet (2,200 to 2,600 m), the maximum temperature is 78.8 °F (26 °C) and minimum 39.2 °F (4 °C). There are two rainy seasons in Ethiopia: a short, mild one between February and April, and a more intense rainy season from mid-June to mid-Spetember. Although travel is easily possible during the spring rainy season it is generally avoided during the far wetter summer period; visitors should be aware that Ethiopia can get rain year-round and that rainfall, like everything else, is dependent on region. May is the hottest month and August is the coolest. The best time to visit Ethiopia is in the dry season between mid-October and March, but be sure to check out the climate for the particular region you want to explore before making a decision.


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