Tanzania has generally comfortable, tropical climate year-round, although there are significant regional variations. Along the warmer and humid coast, the climate is determined in large part by the monsoon winds, which bring rains in two major periods. During the long rains, from mid-March to May, it rains heavily almost every day, although seldom for the whole day, and the air can get unpleasantly sticky. The lighter short rains fall during November, December and sometimes into January. Inland, altitude is a major determinant of conditions; you will need a jacket early morning and evening, especially in high land areas.

High Season: June – September

Weather is cooler and dry

Shoulder Season: October – February

Weather is hot, especially in December throughout February. From late October the short rains fall and the seasonal winds blow.

Low Season: March – May

Heavy rains make secondary roads muddy and some areas inaccessible. But it seldom rains all day, every day.

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