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Broadly speaking, Malawi has two seasons: dry and wet. The dry season is from May to October. Within this, May to August is a cooler time of year with bright sunshine and fresh evenings. Temperatures start to rise in September and remain high throughout the rainy season, which runs from November to April. The heaviest rains are often in December, January and February. Because of Malawi's varied landscape, regional variations in weather are significant. The lower lying lake shore areas are warmer all year round, while temperatures in the highlands are refreshingly cool in the day with chilly evenings; particularly in winter.

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August through to October is fantastic for game viewing in the national parks. The weather is perfect for relaxing in the sunshine at the lake shore or making the most of the many activities and watersports on offer.

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Malawi Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Lake Malawi 29°C 244mm 29°C 219mm 29°C 334mm 29°C 280mm 27°C 122mm 26°C 32mm 26°C 32mm 27°C 6mm 29°C 3mm 30°C 17mm 31°C 115mm 29°C 257mm
Liwonde National Park 30°C 227mm 30°C 218mm 30°C 164mm 29°C 46mm 28°C 12mm 26°C 5mm 26°C 5mm 28°C 4mm 31°C 5mm 33°C 20mm 33°C 72mm 31°C 204mm
Nyika Plateau 20°C 251mm 20°C 228mm 20°C 243mm 19°C 136mm 18°C 34mm 18°C 9mm 18°C 8mm 19°C 4mm 21°C 5mm 23°C 13mm 24°C 96mm 21°C 213mm
Thyolo Region 27°C 270mm 27°C 232mm 26°C 215mm 25°C 115mm 24°C 40mm 21°C 35mm 21°C 32mm 24°C 21mm 27°C 12mm 29°C 40mm 29°C 116mm 27°C 246mm
Zomba Plateau 27°C 287mm 27°C 257mm 26°C 202mm 26°C 76mm 24°C 21mm 22°C 11mm 22°C 9mm 24°C 6mm 27°C 7mm 30°C 29mm 29°C 110mm 27°C 262mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Malawi

Boys sailing on Lake Malawi, Malawi

Visiting Malawi in September

Night-time temperatures rise rapidly within the month, while daytime averages soar well into the 20°Cs. The sun shines, the skies are clear and it is extremely dry. Concentrations of elephant and other game are great, and it is also a popular time of year to visit Lake Malawi, where the windy afternoons make for perfect sailing conditions.

Events & Festivals

  • Lake of Stars Festival (late September): A three-day annual festival on the shores of Lake Malawi, featuring musical acts from Africa and the UK. Read more »

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