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Best time to visit Bamako, Mali

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The best time to visit Bamako is August-September

While Bamako is a popular destination to visit all year round, August-September is the ideal time to go due to a number of factors such as the climate, cost of travel and accommodation, as well as avoiding peak holiday periods.

The warmest month of the year in Bamako is May, where the average temperature gets to around 41℃ (106℉), but temperatures can reach as high as 42℃ (108℉) on the hottest days in summer. The weather at night in the winter, which is around January-time, can get down to a minimum of 16℃ (61℉).

If you’re a sun-chaser and want to visit Bamako when the days are longest, you should visit in March. The wet season in Bamako falls around August, so if you prefer the dryer weather, you should look to visit in December instead.

For more information about when to travel to Bamako, the monthly weather breakdown and the best information and tools to book your trip, continue reading below.

Warmest month

May

Least rainfall

December

Most daylight

March

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Bamako seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Bamako as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Bamako is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

Season Months
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Bamako

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Bamako for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Bamako climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Bamako for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Bamako in January

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average high temperature: 34℃ (93℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 15%
  • Average sunny days: 31 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 0 days
31 days
of pure sunshine
0 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bamako in January, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Bamako in February

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 37℃ (98℉)
  • Average low temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average humidity: 14%
  • Average sunny days: 28 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 0 days
28 days
of pure sunshine
0 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bamako in February, make sure you pack t-shirts, shorts and sun protection for the day, and maybe a very thin sweater for the evenings if you're a cold frog.


Bamako in March

  • Average temperature: 31℃ (88℉)
  • Average high temperature: 40℃ (104℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average humidity: 16%
  • Average sunny days: 30 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 1 days
30 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bamako in March, make sure you pack t-shirts, shorts and sun protection.


Bamako in April

  • Average temperature: 34℃ (92℉)
  • Average high temperature: 41℃ (106℉)
  • Average low temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average humidity: 21%
  • Average sunny days: 27 days
  • Average rainfall: 3mm (0") over 3 days
27 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bamako in April, make sure you pack t-shirts, shorts and sun protection.


Bamako in May

  • Average temperature: 34℃ (93℉)
  • Average high temperature: 40℃ (104℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average humidity: 33%
  • Average sunny days: 23 days
  • Average rainfall: 14mm (1") over 6 days
23 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bamako in May, make sure you pack t-shirts, shorts and sun protection.


Bamako in June

  • Average temperature: 32℃ (90℉)
  • Average high temperature: 38℃ (101℉)
  • Average low temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average humidity: 45%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 24mm (1") over 8 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bamako in June, make sure you pack t-shirts, shorts and sun protection.


Bamako in July

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 34℃ (93℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average humidity: 64%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 86mm (3") over 16 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bamako in July, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Bamako in August

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (88℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 111mm (4") over 21 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
21 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bamako in August, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


Bamako in September

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average high temperature: 32℃ (90℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 82mm (3") over 14 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bamako in September, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.

Bamako in October

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average high temperature: 36℃ (96℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average humidity: 52%
  • Average sunny days: 24 days
  • Average rainfall: 23mm (1") over 6 days
24 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bamako in October, make sure you pack t-shirts, shorts and sun protection.


Bamako in November

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 36℃ (97℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average humidity: 27%
  • Average sunny days: 29 days
  • Average rainfall: 2mm (0") over 1 days
29 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bamako in November, make sure you pack t-shirts, shorts and sun protection for the day, and maybe a very thin sweater for the evenings if you're a cold frog.


Bamako in December

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average high temperature: 34℃ (93℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average humidity: 18%
  • Average sunny days: 31 days
  • Average rainfall: 0mm (0") over 0 days
31 days
of pure sunshine
0 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Bamako in December, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Bamako is usually May, where temperatures tend to rise to around 41℃ (106℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Bamako is generally around December. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in December first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Bamako is generally around August, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of August too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Bamako, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in March are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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