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Climate and weather of Benin



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Benin




 

Climate

 
Benin has two different climatic zones.

Temperatures are stable throughout the year in the south (28 to 32°) and range between 30 and 38° in the north of the country. Rainfall is abundant during the rainy seasons.

Southern Benin
The south of Benin has an equatorial climate with two dry seasons and two rainy seasons. Rainfall is high (1 200 mm in the east and 800 mm in the west).

First dry season (November to March) and second dry season (August)
Temperatures slightly exceed 30°. Humidity is high but rainfall is low.

First rainy season (April to July) and second rainy season (September to October)
Temperatures are constant (28°), rainfall is abundant and humidity is high.

Central and northern Benin
The center and the north of Benin have a tropical climate with a rainy season and a dry season. The rains are higher in central Benin (1 300 mm per year) than in the north of the country (950 mm per year).

Rainy season (May to September)
Temperatures are high (30°) and rainfall is abundant.

Dry season (October to April)
Temperatures reach 38° during the daytime (they exceed 40° in the extreme north of Benin) and then they drop sharply at night. Humidity is low.

 When to go to Benin (pleasant climate) 
The climate of Benin is pleasant during the following months :

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

 

Weather

(main cities) 
Average temperatures and rainfall

Porto Novo (Capital of Benin)

Temp
January
February
March
April
May
June
ave
28°
29°
29°
29°
28°
27°
Temp
July
August
September
October
November
December
ave
26°
26°
26°
27°
28°
28°

Rain
January
February
March
April
May
June
mm
20
30
90
130
210
370
Rain
July
August
September
October
November
December
mm
130
40
90
140
50
20

Cotonou


Temp
January
February
March
April
May
June
max
31°
32°
32°
32°
31°
29°
min
24°
25°
26°
26°
25°
24°
Temp
July
August
September
October
November
December
max
28°
28°
28°
29°
31°
31°
min
24°
23°
24°
24°
24°
24°

Rain
January
February
March
April
May
June
mm
10
40
70
130
200
350
Rain
July
August
September
October
November
December
mm
150
60
100
120
40
20

Weather data (temperatures and precipitation) for Benin are derived from monthly averages established over the last twenty years.

Benin weather (more cities)


 Quick facts 
Benin, a country located in Western Africa, is bordered by Togo to the west, by Burkina Faso to the northwest, by Niger to the north, by Nigeria to the east and by the Atlantic Ocean to the south.

Capital: Porto Novo
Area: 113 000 kmē
Population: 10 000 000 inhabitants
Language: French
Currency: CFA franc

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