Weather & Climate – Nyika NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Malawi.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Malawi.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Malawi.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Malawi.

Climate Chart Nyika National Park

Climate Chart Nyika National Park – 590-2,482m / 1,936-8,143ft

* 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.

Nyika has a temperate climate with Wet and Dry seasons corresponding with summer and winter (which occur at opposite times to the northern hemisphere). The average temperature is fairly constant, although there is a definite increase in October. It gets very cold at night in the Dry season, from May to September.

Dry season May to October – Winter

There is almost no rain in the Dry season. As it gets colder, some of the wildlife move to lower altitudes. It is pleasant during the day, but very cold at night.

  • May – This is the beginning of the Dry season. The grass is still green and there is still a lot of water around, but precipitation has become minimal.
  • June & July – Little rain and the bush is drying out. These are the coldest months with daytime temperatures struggling to reach 20°C/68°F. Nighttime is cold with average temperatures around 8°C/47°F. Warm clothing for early morning and night drives is essential.
  • August & September – It doesn’t rain at all. The grass is yellow. It is warming up and September has an average daytime temperature of 24°C/75°F. Mornings are thankfully getting less cold.
  • October – Daytime temperatures keep increasing to an average of 26°C/79°F. The first rain might fall at the end of this month, but it’s difficult to predict.

Wet season November to April – Summer

The Wet season is summer. The higher temperatures are pleasant and, due to the altitude, it never gets too hot. Afternoon showers are common and thunderstorms are often spectacular. The sky is clear and there are a lot of wildflowers.

  • November – The rains usually start in November. When it comes, it’s a relief because the bush is badly in need of a long drink. The average daytime temperature is 26°C/79°F. It doesn’t rain every day, mostly falling in afternoon thunderstorms.
  • December, January, February & March – The wettest months bring rain most days, but not usually for the whole day. Daytime temperatures average 23°C/73°F while night and early morning temperatures average about 14°C/57°F.
  • April – A lovely month. The rain eases off but everything remains green and lush.

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