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Weather and Climate in Angola

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Angola is located below the equator, on the south of African continent, and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and Namibia, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Its Cabinda enclave located on the north is surrounded by Congo and the DRC. Traditionally for countries located below the equator, summer and winter switch over here which must be taken into account by visitors from the northern hemisphere.

The country has 3 seasons: the dry season starting in May and ending in October when the temperature is approximately 15C (60F), the transitional one (November – January), and the hot rainy one (February – April) when the temperature usually rises above 21C. The climate varies greatly throughout the year. November and April are the rainiest months while June has very scarce precipitation. March is the hottest though wet. July is the coolest month in Angola.

Movements of foreigners who arrive in Angola on work or visit visas are usually restricted to the capital province of Luanda which is on the western north of the country. Here, the weather can be different from other provinces of the country. Tourists and employees usually arrive in Luanda in a period from June to September when it is relatively warm and the precipitation is low. The temperature here varies from 20C (68F) in winter to 29C (85F) in summer. The climate in Cabinda, which is on the north, is wetter and hotter, and, therefore, the best time to visit it is winter. Coastal areas have slightly lower temperature due to breezes.

Packing your suitcase and wondering what clothes to take along? Prepare a tropical outfit for visiting the northern province of Luanda, but don’t forget to take warm clothes (a sweater or a jacket) as well because evenings and nights in Luanda can be quite cool. Waterproof clothes are highly recommended for travelling in summer (October – April). Don’t forget to take your sunglasses, a Panama hat, and sunscreen because the sun is very intense in Luanda.

A tip for travellers: taking into account Angola’s hot and damp climate, we recommend you to apply anti-mosquito spray and avoid drinking tap water in order to protect yourself from local diseases (malaria and various water borne diseases).

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