​Weather & Climate – Bale Mountains NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Ethiopia.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Ethiopia.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Ethiopia.

Climate Chart Bale Mountains National Park

Climate Chart Bale Mountains National Park – 1,462-4,288m / 4,797-14,068ft

* Averages based on 50 years of monthly climate data, taken from 1km² (0.39mi²) interpolated climate surfaces.
© chart & park data: SafariBookings. © climate grid data: WorldClim project. All rights reserved.

Bale Mountains National Park experiences a mild, wet climate. The Dry season runs from November to March and the Wet season from April to October.

Due to the proximity to the equator, temperatures in Bale Mountains National Park are very uniform throughout the year. There is, however, a big gap between daytime and nighttime temperatures. Days average at 18°C/64°F and nights at 5°C/41°F.

Dry season November to March

Days are typically sunny and it rarely rains. This is a great time for hikes and drives.

  • November & December – This is the beginning of the Dry season. Rain rarely interferes with planned activities. The scenery is lush after the rains.
  • January & February – The bush starts to get dry and wildlife viewing gets easier in the forest.
  • March – The scenery can be a bit drab at the end of the Dry season. Regular rain towards the end of the month settles the dust.

Wet season April to October

Rain can be expected throughout the Wet season, although there is a gap with less rainfall in June. Waterproof clothing is essential.

  • April & May – These are the ‘short rains’. It rains regularly.
  • June – Rainfall diminishes for a short spell. But the exact timing is unpredictable.
  • July, August, September & October – These months see the ‘long rains’. Everything is lush and green, but rain can interfere with activities.

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