In Maputo SR, summer and winter are experienced at the opposite times of the year compared to Europe and North America. The area receives most rainfall during the summer (October to April), also known as the Wet season. Winter (the Dry season) is pleasantly warm and falls from May to September. Maputo Special Reserve is at sea level and has a sub-tropical climate. Summer is hot and humid, but the sea breeze diminishes the heat substantially.
Dry Season–May to September – Winter
Winter time sees much less rain than summer time, although an occasional shower could occur at any time due to the coastal location. The temperatures are mild, and skies are generally clear and bright.
May – The rain and humidity lessen while average temperatures drop to 16°C/61°F in the morning and 27°C/81°F in the afternoon.
June, July & August – Cold mornings follow nighttime temperatures of around 13°C/55°F. This makes warm clothing a necessity, especially on early morning game drives. Afternoons are pleasant, with temperatures of around 25°C/77°F.
September – Temperatures rise gradually to an average of 26°C/79°F. Mornings are warmer, with temperatures hovering around 16°C/61°F.
Wet Season–October to April – Summer
The heat is intense during the summer, and it’s humid. Rain is frequent, though mostly in the afternoons. Heavy thunderstorms occur regularly.
October – The rains usually start in October. It rains many afternoons and temperatures are between 17°C/63°F in the morning and 28°C/82°F in the afternoon.
November & December – The rain picks up and the bush is getting greener and thicker. Afternoons are very hot.
January & February – The heat and humidity are intense. These are the wettest months and afternoon storms are common. Although it can get much hotter, average daily temperatures are around 30°C/86°F. Early morning is pleasant, with an average of around 21°C/70°F.
March & April – Average daily temperatures become more tolerable at 28°C/82°F. It rains less frequently and the humidity decreases. Mornings are fair at 19°C/66°F.