Ever wondered why some of the worst travel experiences are always down to showing up unprepared for the weather?
Ugandan weather and climate is ‘unpredictable’ – so they say … but wait a minute! Who said so? It’s all here for you just to make sure you adequately prepare before you make your travel plans to Uganda.
Because of its location – at the Equator, Uganda enjoys a generally warm weather throughout the year giving you the perfect conditions for an all-year-round holiday. You will have some slight variations that characterize each of the geographical regions, dictated by the forests, rivers, lakes, mountains and the valleys.
… Otherwise, if you are the kind that loves the winter – you certainly will miss it here. It’s all summer – if you like! … with average daytime temperatures of 24-33°C. The far north is slightly hotter with peaks of about 40°C.
Ugandan climate is generally more temperate than the neighboring areas despite being at the equator because of its altitude. The country is mostly a plateau with a rim of mountains which makes it suitable for agriculture.
The lakes and rivers, the tropical forests and the mountains greatly contribute to the tropical cooler climate giving Uganda that ever green vegetation cover.
Referred to as ‘the place in the sun’ by many – I guess because of its lovely climate! Ugandan weather is generally a 2-season one; the dry and wet season.
The weather in the Capital, Kampala is very much a representation of the weather and climatic conditions of the southern parts of the country. The wet season with two wet periods; mid September to November and March to May.
… And then the dry season – You will be surprised that it will still rain even in the dry season … but perhaps less frequently as in the wet periods. The months of June and July are very much the ‘proper’ dry period – not that it doesn’t rain at all … but perhaps the driest time of the year. The other dry period is from December to February.
More noticeably in the north than in the south, the wet season is much longer; March to November.
The bigger picture of the country at large …
The weather in Uganda varies depending on the altitude. It is generally rainy with two rainy/wet seasons (March to May and September to November) and two dry seasons (December to February and June to August) – these are distinctively becoming drier because of global warming – which is sad!
In the north east bordering the Southern Sudan – particularly in the far northern part of karamoja sub-region, the weather and climate is semi-arid. Temperature range is about 21.5°C to 34°C. It will quite easily hit peaks of 40°C at times. The dry season is certainly longer; June, July through August.
The average Ugandan temperature is about 21.5°C – with the warmest average max/high at about 27°C (Particularly during the dry seasons) and the coolest average min/low at 16°C (particularly during the rainy seasons and some distinctively cooler evenings and nights).
The areas around the mountains are much cooler and the top of the mountains are often covered in snow especially for the huge extinct volcanoes like the Rwenzori Mountains in the south west and Mountain Elgon in the east.
Day-By-Day Ugandan Weather
For your short-term vacation needs, here is a four day Ugandan weather forecast, as well as the current weather…
Ugandan Weather – Also see 14-day Forecast here …
… And for your longer-term vacation plans, you can pretty much count on weather in Uganda being perfect. A long term Ugandan weather forecast should guide you in making such colossal(!) decisions as whether you need to pack a light sweater for the evenings…
One last thing though, Just a reminder! – don’t forget to pack that sun cream because you certainly will need it – It will some times feel really hot and humid, sun glasses and a sun hat.
Enjoy the lovely weather 🙂