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Best time to visit Lusaka, Zambia

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The best time to visit Lusaka is May-June

Based on all the essential things any traveller needs to know about visiting Lusaka such as the cost of travel, weather, peak travel seasons and many more, May-June is the best time of year to go.

The warmest month of the year in Lusaka is October, where the average temperature gets to around 33℃ (91℉), but temperatures can reach as high as 35℃ (95℉) on the hottest days in summer. In the winter months, it can get down to as low as 10℃ (49℉) at night.

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

Keep reading to learn more about the best times to go to Lusaka, including detailed weather information and tools to help you find and book great deals on your travel.

Warmest month

October

Least rainfall

September

Most daylight

October

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Lusaka seasons

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

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

Average temperatures in Lusaka

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 Lusaka 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.

Lusaka 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 Lusaka 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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OCT
NOV
DEC

Lusaka in January

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 176mm (7") over 27 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
27 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lusaka 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.


Lusaka in February

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 87%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 129mm (5") over 26 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
26 days
of showers or rain

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


Lusaka in March

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 73mm (3") over 22 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

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


Lusaka in April

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 25mm (1") over 12 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

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


Lusaka in May

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average humidity: 69%
  • Average sunny days: 23 days
  • Average rainfall: 4mm (0") over 5 days
23 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

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


Lusaka in June

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average humidity: 65%
  • Average sunny days: 24 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 3 days
24 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lusaka in June, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Lusaka in July

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (51℉)
  • Average humidity: 61%
  • Average sunny days: 26 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 3 days
26 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lusaka in July, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Lusaka in August

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average humidity: 46%
  • Average sunny days: 30 days
  • Average rainfall: 0mm (0") over 1 days
30 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

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


Lusaka in September

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 35%
  • Average sunny days: 29 days
  • Average rainfall: 0mm (0") over 0 days
29 days
of pure sunshine
0 days
of showers or rain

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

Lusaka in October

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average high temperature: 33℃ (91℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (65℉)
  • Average humidity: 37%
  • Average sunny days: 27 days
  • Average rainfall: 4mm (0") over 2 days
27 days
of pure sunshine
2 days
of showers or rain

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


Lusaka in November

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average humidity: 55%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 83mm (3") over 15 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

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


Lusaka in December

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 145mm (6") over 24 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
24 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lusaka 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 Lusaka is usually October, where temperatures tend to rise to around 33℃ (91℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Lusaka is generally around September. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in September first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Lusaka is generally around January, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of January too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Lusaka, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in October are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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