Like the other southern African countries we specialise in, Malawi’s seasons can be broken into well defined wet (the austral summer) and dry periods (winter).
Malawi certainly qualifies as sub-tropical. It receives higher rainfall than countries to the south such as Zimbabwe and certain times of the year can be very wet with daily afternoon downpours. For example, Malawi’s average annual rainfall is around 34 inches (870mm) while Botswana is approximately half this at 18.5 inches (470mm). Rain falls mainly over the period December, January and February, with lesser rainfall months being November, March and April. The dry season extends from May to October during which there is negligible rainfall.
As a subtropical country temperatures are generally pretty warm throughout the year and it is possible to enjoy a visit to Lake Malawi at any time. We do not recommend a Lake-focused holiday during the wetter summer months (December to March) however. Rainfall during this time can be high and can put a dampener (pun intended) on any beach holiday. Rather we recommend the drier months of the year between May and October for warm days, pleasant evening and clear skies.