Weather & Climate – Mkomazi NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

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

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

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Climate Chart Mkomazi National Park

Climate Chart Mkomazi National Park – 238-1,437m / 781-4,715ft

* 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.

The climate in Mkomazi is usually dry and warm to hot. The warmest months are October to April, and the coldest months are May to September. Because the altitude ranges from 238m to 1,437m (781-4,715ft) within the park, the climate tends to vary. Temperatures drop by about 6.5°C for every 1,000m you climb (or 3.5°F per 1,000ft). Most areas accessible for tourists are at lower altitudes.

There are two Wet seasons. The ‘long rains’ are from March to May, and the ‘short rains’ are from November to December. Rains are very frequent during the rainy season but generally do not last all day. Thunderstorms in the afternoon occur often.

Dry season June to October

  • June, July, August, September & October – The daytime weather is clear, bright and sunny. Afternoon temperatures of around 27°C/81°F are common. It cools off at night with minimum temperatures around 16°C/61°F. There is almost no rain in this period.

Wet season November to May

As in the Dry season, temperatures are quite uniform, but the humidity is higher, and the heat might become distressful. Afternoon temperatures are usually around 30°C/86°F, and night temperatures are around 19°C/66°F.

  • November & December'Short rains' – Sometime between the months of November and December comes a period of rain. These rains aren't likely to impact your trip negatively, as it is uncommon for it to rain all day long. Afternoon showers are more likely.
  • January & February – There tends to be a drier spell with less rain between the short and long rains. The exact timing is uncertain.
  • March, April & May'Long rains' – It rains with more frequency although not often for the whole day. These months are the wettest, and the most cloud-covered. The humidity is heightened, and it might feel very hot. Average temperatures are around 29°C/88°F in the afternoon and 19°C/66°F at night.

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