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, but high lying parts of the country such as the Nyika Plateau can be chilly throughout the year particularly in the early mornings. The capital city, Lilongwe, averages below 50°F (10°C) during the winter months but most summer month’s average above 80°F (25°C).
While temperatures are relatively mild throughout the year, visitors in the summer months should be prepared for humidity and rainfall, while in the winter months the overnight chill should not be under-estimated.