Botswana weather

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Below are the temperatures expected today at popular destinations in Botswana. Select a destination to compare today's forecast with average weather conditions.

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Botswana weather overview

This vast, lonely country - set in the heart of Southern Africa with Namibia and Zimbabwe at its northern borders - forms part of the Kalahari Desert and has a typical desert to semi-desert climate with little rainfall. What rain there is arrives mainly between November and March but is sporadic and brings little relief from soaring temperatures prevalent during those months.

The south and western regions of Botswana get very little rain indeed, even in this 'wet' season. Best time to visit is between May and September, when cooler weather prevails and it even gets quite nippy at night, with occasional frosts.

What to pack for Botswana weather

A mixture of light and warm clothing for the cooler nights is recommended.

Which is the hottest month in Botswana?

The hottest time of year in Gaborone, Botswana is normally January. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 33°C with high heat and humidity.

Which month has the most rain in Botswana?

In terms of rainfall, January is usually the wettest month in Gaborone, Botswana with 94mm on average. There are normally 11 days in January with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Botswana?

The sunniest time of year in Gaborone, Botswana is normally July with bright sunshine on average for 89% of daylight hours; that's 10 hours of sunshine per day.

What is the flight time to Botswana from the UK?

The flight time to Botswana from the UK is typically 13 to 14 hours.

What is the time difference between Botswana and the UK?

The time difference between Botswana and the UK is GMT+2 hours.

What is the main language spoken in Botswana?

The main languages spoken in Botswana are Setswana and English.

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What is the currency in Botswana?

The currency in Botswana is the Botswana Pula (BWP).

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Which plugs are used in Botswana?

Botswana uses electrical plug type D + G (230 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in Botswana?

They drive on the left side of the road in Botswana.

Compare Botswana weather with the USA

Below the Botswana weather chart shows average maximum daytime temperature for Botswana (Gaborone) and the USA (Washington).

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