Zambia weather

Read our complete guide to the weather in Zambia.

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

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The weather guide for Zambia (Lusaka) shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by meteoblue. Find out more about our data sources.

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Zambia weather overview

Zambia combines the heat of the tropics with a high plateau topography and this altitude keeps temperatures moderate and makes the country's extensive highlands a pleasant place to be. The north, which is closer to the equator, experiences the most rain with a longer wet season than in the south.

The rainy season (November to March) is the hottest period of the year and is usually preceded by a period of very warm, dry weather in September and October. Cooler but dry conditions prevail between May and August. The lowland areas of the Zambezi and its tributary, the Luangwa, are the driest but can be hot, humid and oppressive in the rainy season.

What to pack for Zambia weather

Take light clothes with some warmer options for chilly highland nights.

Which is the hottest month in Zambia?

The hottest time of year in Lusaka, Zambia is normally October. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 31°C with moderate heat and humidity.

Which month has the most rain in Zambia?

In terms of rainfall, January is usually the wettest month in Lusaka, Zambia with 216mm on average. There are normally 17 days in January with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Zambia?

The sunniest time of year in Lusaka, Zambia is normally August with bright sunshine on average for 84% of daylight hours; that's 10 hours of sunshine per day.

What is the flight time to Zambia from the UK?

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

What is the time difference between Zambia and the UK?

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

What is the main language spoken in Zambia?

The main languages spoken in Zambia are English, Bemba and Nyanja.

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What is the currency in Zambia?

The currency in Zambia is the Zambian Kwacha (ZMV).

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Which plugs are used in Zambia?

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

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

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

Do you need a visa for Zambia?

Yes, UK passport holders do need a visa to enter Zambia.

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Compare Zambia weather with the USA

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

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