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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.

Russell, Africa Safari Specialist

Malawi Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Lake Malawi 84°F 10" 84°F 9" 84°F 13" 84°F 11" 81°F 5" 79°F 1" 79°F 1" 81°F 0" 84°F 0" 86°F 1" 88°F 5" 84°F 10"
Liwonde National Park 86°F 9" 86°F 9" 86°F 6" 84°F 2" 82°F 0" 79°F 0" 79°F 0" 82°F 0" 88°F 0" 91°F 1" 91°F 3" 88°F 8"
Nyika Plateau 68°F 10" 68°F 9" 68°F 10" 66°F 5" 64°F 1" 64°F 0" 64°F 0" 66°F 0" 70°F 0" 73°F 1" 75°F 4" 70°F 8"
Thyolo Region 81°F 11" 81°F 9" 79°F 8" 77°F 5" 75°F 2" 70°F 1" 70°F 1" 75°F 1" 81°F 0" 84°F 2" 84°F 5" 81°F 10"
Zomba Plateau 81°F 11" 81°F 10" 79°F 8" 79°F 3" 75°F 1" 72°F 0" 72°F 0" 75°F 0" 81°F 0" 86°F 1" 84°F 4" 81°F 10"

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Visiting Malawi in June

The days are long and sunny, but the temperatures drop significantly at this time of year. The evenings and mornings are very cold in the highland regions, with log fires lit for both tourists and locals. The elephant population in Liwonde National Park group together in the drier periods around the Shire River for easier access to water and the more nutritious vegetation along the river’s edge. Lillian’s lovebirds congregate in large flocks of hundreds from June to August in Liwonde National Park.

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