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Burkina Faso Climate & Weather

Burkina Faso has a varied climate, tropical in some regions and semi-arid in others. The country has two very distinct seasons: a rainy season and a dry season. From May to October it is hot and wet; between November and March warm, comfortable and dry. Burkina Faso is humid year-round, but less so than its coastal neighbours. The rainy season, from May to October, is much shorter in the north of the country, as the semi-arid Sahel zone (just south of the Sahara Desert) receives far less rain and is prone to drought. The southwestern part of the country is tropical and receives the most rain. The rainy season is the hottest time in Burkina Faso, and the average high temperature in the capital, Ouagadougou, in May is 93°F (34°C). By July it has begun to cool down a bit, with an average high temperature of 82°F (28°C). The dry season, between November and March, is cooler and more comfortable, with an average high temperature of 75°F (24°C) in the capital in January. A hot, dry wind from the Sahara, called the harmattan, brings heat and dust between March and May. The best time to visit Burkina Faso is in the dry season, particularly between November and January.

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