Malawi's climate

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Malawi's climate is generally tropical. A rainy season runs from November to April. There is little to no rainfall throughout much of the country from May to October.

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 It is hot and humid from September to April along the lake and in the lower Shire Valley, with average daytime maximam around 27 to 29 C (80.6 to 84.2 F). Lilongwe is also hot and humid during these months, albeit far less than in the south. The rest of the country is warm during those months with a maximum temperature during the day around 25 C (77 F).

 From June through August, the lake areas and south are comfortably warm, with daytime maxima of around 23 C (73.4 F), but the rest of Malawi can be chilly at night, with temperatures ranging from 1014 C (50.057.2 F). High altitude areas such as Mulanje and Nyika are often cold at night (around 68 C or 42.846.4 F) during June and July.

 Karonga in the far north shows little variation in temperature with maximum daytime temperature remaining around 25 to 26 C (77.0 to 78.8 F) all year round but is unusual in that April and May are the wettest times of the year due to strengthening southerly winds along the lake.