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Best time to visit Nigeria

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The best time to visit Nigeria is November-February

Are you looking for top-secret information about when to visit Nigeria? Look no further! November-February is the best time to go to Nigeria due to the excellent all-round climate conditions, and it’s not likely to be at its busiest as it’s not during the height of the peak travel season.

During the peak of the warmer months, temperatures in Abuja, Nigeria can rise to a maximum of around 41℃ (106℉). The coldest it usually gets in winter-time in Abuja is around 18℃ (65℉). Temperatures can often differ in other locations in Nigeria, so be sure to continue reading if you plan on visiting elsewhere.

The days are longest in Nigeria in January, so if you want to see the sights during the day when the sun is up for the longest time, it’s best to visit around that time of year. On average it rains the most days in August, making it the wettest month of the year. Although it’s the wet season, it can often rain a little bit during the day or evening but have fine weather for a majority of the day too, so don’t let this put you off.

Learn everything you need to know (and none of the stuff you don’t) about when to go to Nigeria below. Be sure to check out the handy tools we’ve included to help you search for flights and transport, accommodation, and everything else you need to plan and book your trip.

Warmest month

March

Least rainfall

December

Most daylight

January

Nigeria seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Nigeria is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

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

Best time to visit the top destinations in Nigeria

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
AbujaNovember-February
38℃
21℃
39℃
22℃
40℃
25℃
38℃
26℃
35℃
25℃
33℃
23℃
30℃
22℃
28℃
22℃
30℃
22℃
32℃
23℃
36℃
23℃
36℃
21℃
LagosNovember-February
33℃
25℃
32℃
26℃
32℃
27℃
32℃
27℃
32℃
27℃
30℃
25℃
28℃
24℃
28℃
24℃
29℃
24℃
30℃
25℃
31℃
26℃
33℃
25℃
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Top FAQs

Nigeria is in Africa.

Check out these guides for the top must-see destinations in Nigeria:

The warmest month of the year in Abuja, one of the most popular places to visit in Nigeria, is March.
The driest month of the year in Abuja, Nigeria, is usually around December each year.

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