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Best time to visit Sao Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe

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The best time to visit Sao Tome is June-September

If you’re looking to travel to Sao Tome for your next trip but aren’t sure when to go and when to avoid, this article is all you’ll need. The best time to visit Sao Tome is June-September due to the excellent all-round weather conditions, and it’s also not during the height of peak travel periods, so it’s not likely to be as busy.

In the summer months, temperatures tend to get to a maximum of around 29℃ (85℉). The average low temperatures in winter float around 24℃ (74℉), while the coldest it gets down to is about 18℃ (64℉).

The longest days between sunrise and sunset in Sao Tome are usually in March, so if you want to get the most out of your daytime activities, be sure to plan your visit around this time. To stay dry, avoid travelling to Sao Tome in November – It’s the wettest month of the year.

If you want to learn everything you need to know about the best times to travel to Sao Tome, the weather and stats by month and so much more, make sure you keep reading. Once you’re ready, we’ve included a bunch of our favourite online booking tools to help you find the best deals on flights, accommodation and anything else you’ll need for your trip. Happy reading!

Warmest month

March

Least rainfall

July

Most daylight

March

Sao Tome seasons

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

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

Average temperatures in Sao Tome

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 Sao Tome 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.

Sao Tome 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 Sao Tome 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
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OCT
NOV
DEC

Sao Tome in January

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 130mm (5") over 27 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
27 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sao Tome in January, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Sao Tome in February

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 4 days
  • Average rainfall: 100mm (4") over 23 days
4 days
of pure sunshine
23 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sao Tome in February, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Sao Tome in March

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 119mm (5") over 24 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
24 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sao Tome in March, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Sao Tome in April

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 126mm (5") over 22 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sao Tome in April, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Sao Tome in May

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 122mm (5") over 21 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
21 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sao Tome in May, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Sao Tome in June

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 18mm (1") over 7 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sao Tome in June, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Sao Tome in July

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (74℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 10mm (0") over 8 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sao Tome in July, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Sao Tome in August

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 20mm (1") over 12 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sao Tome in August, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Sao Tome in September

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 35mm (1") over 16 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sao Tome in September, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.

Sao Tome in October

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 220mm (9") over 25 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
25 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sao Tome in October, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Sao Tome in November

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 224mm (9") over 27 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
27 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sao Tome in November, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Sao Tome in December

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 159mm (6") over 29 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
29 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sao Tome in December, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Sao Tome is usually March, where temperatures tend to rise to around 29℃ (84℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Sao Tome is generally around July. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in July first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Sao Tome is generally around November, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of November too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Sao Tome, 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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