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Climate and weather of Lesotho



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Lesotho




 

Climate

 
Lesotho has a tropical climate with a long rainy season and a short dry season.

Temperatures vary a lot throughout the year in the valleys (32° in January, -7° in July). Rainfall is very irregular from one year to another ((700 mm per year on average). Il rains more in the mountains located in the east and in the north (1200 mm per year) than in the valley located in the west (500 mm per year). Sunshine is very high (3 200 hours per year in the valleys).

The High plateaus (center of Madagascar)
The high plateaus located in the center of Madagascar have a moderate tropical climate with a rainy season and a dry season. Rainfall reaches 1 500 mm per year.

Rainy season (November to April)
Temperatures reach 28° and rainfall is shorter but more intense than in the rest of the country.

Dry season (May to October)
Temperatures range between 20 and 25 degrees during the daytime and reach sometimes 10° (or less) at night. The sun shines most of the time.

The east coast of Madagascar
The narrow east coast of Madagascar has a climate with a hot season and a mild season. It is crossed throughout the year by clouds laden with water.

Hot season (December to April)
Temperatures reach 30° and rains are often torrential.

Mild season (May to November)
Temperatures range between 25 and 28° (they sometines fall below 20°). Nights can be very cold in August and September. It rains at least once a day.

The west coast of Madagascar
The plains of the west coast of Madagascar have a dry tropical climate with a rainy season and a dry season.

Rainy season (December to March)
Temperatures are high (27 to 32°) and rainfall is abundant

Dry season (April to November)
Temperatures are mild (20 to 25°) and rainfall is nonexistent.

The northwest of Madagascar
The northwest has a tropical climate with a rainy season and a dry season.

Rainy season (December to April)
Temperatures are high (30 to 35°) and rainfall is abundant (1 600 mm).

Dry season (May to November)
Temperatures are high (30°) and rainfall is nonexistent.

Southwestern Madagascar
The southwest of Madagascar (an arid region) has a tropical climate with a dry season and a rainy season.

Rainy season (December to March)
Temperatures are high (30°) and rainfall is low.

Dry season (April to November)
Temperatures are below 30° and rainfall is almost nonexistent.

 When to go to Lesotho (pleasant climate) 
The climate of Lesotho 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

Maseru (Capital of Lesotho)

Temp
January
February
March
April
May
June
ave
20°
19°
18°
14°
10°
Temp
July
August
September
October
November
December
ave
10°
14°
16°
18°
19°

Rain
January
February
March
April
May
June
mm
130
110
100
60
30
10
Rain
July
August
September
October
November
December
mm
10
20
30
70
100
100

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

Lesotho weather (more cities)


 Quick facts 
Lesotho, a country located in Southern Africa, is surrounded by South Africa.

Capital: Maseru
Area: 30 500 kmē
Population: 2 000 000 inhabitants
Languages: Sotho, English
Currency: Loti

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