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Climate and weather of Nigeria



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Nigeria




 

Climate

 
Nigeria has two different climatic zones.

Temperatures are stable (30°) throughout the year in the south and range from 30° in January to 38° in April in the north. Annual rainfall is higher in the south (2 000 to 4 000 mm) than in the center (1 200 mm) and in the north (500 to 750 mm). A dusty wind sharply reduces the humidity when it blows in December, January and February.

Southern Nigeria
The south has a tropical climate with a long rainy season and a short dry season. Humidity is consistently high.

Rainy season (March to October)
Temperatures are stable (28-29° during the daytime and 22° at night). Rainfall is abundant (the rains are higher in the southeast than in the southwest). The sun only shines three hours per day.

Dry season (November to February)
Temperatures reach 32° during the daytime and 23° at night. Rainfall is low.

Northern Nigeria
The north has a tropical climate with short rainy season and a long dry season. Humidity is relatively low.

Rainy season (June to September)
Temperatures reach 30° during the daytime (they lose 10° at night). Rainfall is moderate and the sun shines six hours a day.

Dry season (October to May)
Temperatures range between 30° in January and 38° in April (they lose 15° at night). Rainfall is nonexistent and sunshine is very high (ten hours per day).

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

Abuja (Capital of Nigeria)

Temp
January
February
March
April
May
June
max
35°
37°
38°
37°
34°
32°
min
21°
24°
25°
26°
24°
23°
Temp
July
August
September
October
November
December
max
30°
29°
31°
33°
35°
35°
min
23°
23°
22°
22°
20°
20°

Rain
January
February
March
April
May
June
mm
...
10
10
60
140
170
Rain
July
August
September
October
November
December
mm
210
220
240
100
...
...

Lagos

Temp
January
February
March
April
May
June
max
32°
33°
33°
32°
31°
29°
min
22°
24°
24°
24°
23°
22°
Temp
July
August
September
October
November
December
max
28°
28°
29°
30°
31°
32°
min
22°
22°
22°
22°
23°
22°

Rain
January
February
March
April
May
June
mm
10
40
80
140
200
310
Rain
July
August
September
October
November
December
mm
240
120
160
120
40
10

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

Nigeria weather (more cities)


 Quick facts 
Nigeria, a country located in Western Africa, is bordered by Benin to the west, by Niger to the north, by Chad to the northeast, by Cameroon to the east and by the Atlantic Ocean to the south.

Capital: Abuja
Area: 924 000 km²
Population: 177 000 000 inhabitants
Language: English
Currency: Naira

Nigeria










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