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Climate and weather of the Democratic Republic of the Congo



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Democratic Republic of the Congo




 

Climate

 
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has four different climatic zones.

Temperatures are high throughout the year (30°) except in the mountains. Rainfall varies from 1 000 to 2 000 mm per year.

The northern Plateaus
The plateaus located in the north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have a tropical climate with a rainy season and a dry season. Rainfall exceeds 1 800 mm per year.

Rainy season (April to November)
Temperatures are stable (30°) and rainfall is high.

Dry season (December
to March)
Temperatures are high (30° during the daytime and 20° at night) and rainfall is moderate.

The central Plain
The plain located in the center of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has an equatorial climate. Temperatures reach 30° during the daytime and 20° at night all year round. Rain (1 500 mm per year) falls regularly throughout the year. The sun shines, on average, 2,000 hours per year because the sky is often cloudy. Humidity is very high throughout the year (75 to 90%).

The southern plateaus
The plateaus located in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have a tropical climate with a rainy season and a dry season.

Rainy season (October to May)
Temperatures are stable (30°) and rainfall is high.

Dry season (June to September)
Temperatures is high (30°).

The mountains (east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
The mountains have a cool climate. Humidity increases with altitude and some vertices are constantly surrounded by fog. The temperature also varies with altitude (18° at 1 500 meters, 16° at 2 000 meters, 11° at 3 000 meters and 6 at 4000 meters). Ttemperatures can be very cold at night. Rainfall is high at low altitude (2 000 mm per year at 1 000 meters) but decreases with altitude. Hailstorms are frequent.

 When to go to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (pleasant climate) 
The climate of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is pleasant during the following months :

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

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

 

Weather

(main cities) 
Average temperatures and rainfall

Kinshasa (Capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Temp
January
February
March
April
May
June
max
29°
30°
31°
31°
30°
27°
min
24°
24°
24°
24°
24°
22°
Temp
July
August
September
October
November
December
max
26°
28°
29°
29°
29°
29°
min
21°
22°
23°
24°
24°
24°

Rain
January
February
March
April
May
June
days
10
8
11
12
10
2
Rain
July
August
September
October
November
December
days
1
3
5
10
12
11

Lubumbashi

Temp
January
February
March
April
May
June
max
28°
28°
28°
28°
28°
27°
min
17°
17°
17°
14°
11°
Temp
July
August
September
October
November
December
max
27°
29°
32°
33°
31°
28°
min
12°
15°
17°
17°

Rain
January
February
March
April
May
June
mm
240
260
200
50
...
...
Rain
July
August
September
October
November
December
mm
...
...
...
20
160
250

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

Democratic Republic of the Congo weather (more cities)


 Quick facts 
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country located in Central Africa, is bordered by Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania to the east, by Zambia to the southeast, by Angola to the southwest, by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, by Congo to the northwest, by the Central African Republic to the north, by South Sudan to the northeast.

Capital: Kinshasa
Area: 2 345 000 km²
Population: 77 500 000 inhabitants
Languages: French
Currency: Congolese franc

Democratic Republic of the Congo










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