Niger Climate & Weather

Niger is sometimes called the 'frying pan of the world' and the extreme heat and aridity is discouraging for many travellers. Between March and June temperatures can rise above 113°F (45°C). This kind of heat makes desert travel unbearable for much of the year. The average maximum temperatures in Niger range between 87°F and 105°F (31°C and 41°C). However, the nights are generally cool or even cold, with temperatures dropping below 68°F (20°C) in summer and in winter, temperatures can drop below 10°C (50°F) in central and north-eastern parts of the country.

Niger's terrain is predominantly desert plains and sand dunes, but the extreme south of the country, on the edge of the Niger River Basin, is more lush with a tropical climate. Rain is very rare in the desert region but rainfall increases in the south, which has a brief rainy season between late May and September (with most rain falling in July and August).

The best time to visit Niger is between December and February, which is the coolest and driest period in the country. Travellers should be sure to take appropriate measures to protect themselves from the heat and sun, and must stay well-hydrated at all times.

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