Weather & Climate – Lesotho

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband write and update content for many travel organizations, including the Lesotho Tourist Board.

Climate Chart Lesotho

Climate Chart Mokhotlong – 2,512m / 8,241ft

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Mountainous Lesotho has a temperate climate. Winter and summer are at opposite times to the northern hemisphere seasons. Winters (April to September) are generally dry, but spectacular thunderstorms are common in summer (October to March). However, the weather is very changeable throughout the year.

Mokhotlong's climate compared to Lesotho's Parks

Mokhotlong is located in the mountainous eastern part of Lesotho and its climate is comparable to that in the main parks in the country (Ts’ehlanyane and Sehlabathebe National Parks and Sani Top). However the parks have high mountain peaks where temperatures are a few degrees colder.

Dry season April to September Winter

Winter is very dry and it is rare for rain to fall. The days are sunny and the nights are cold.

  • April – It cools down at the end of summer and the average daytime temperature is 18°C/64°F. Rainfall dwindles down.
  • May, June, July & August – These months are cold. The average afternoon temperature is 14°C/57°F and early mornings are freezing. It hardly rains at all.
  • September – Temperatures rise slightly and the first rains are refreshing. Daily averages range from 5°C/41°F at night to 18°C/64°F during the day.

Wet season October to March – Summer

Rainfall is regular during summer, but there is lots of sunshine as well. Mist often rolls in to cover the landscape at higher altitudes. Daytime temperatures are lovely.

  • October – All the dust of the Dry season settles down with the rain. Temperatures range from 8°C/46°F in the morning to 19°C/66°F in the afternoon.
  • November, December, January & February – Beware of afternoon thunderstorms and plan activities carefully. Expect daytime temperatures of around 23°C/73°F.
  • March – Rainfall diminishes. There is lots of sunshine and daytime temperatures of 21°C/70°F can be expected.

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