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Ethiopia Travel Guide

Ethiopia — Weather

Due to its unique geography, Ethiopia experiences a diverse climate. Thanks to its highland topography, the country enjoys significantly cooler temperatures than most regions at a similar distance to the equator. Weather is pleasant in most parts of the country throughout the year, though Ethiopia does see a longer wet season. The dry season lasts from October through February, while light rain comes March to May and heavy rains pour between June and September.

The country experiences seven hours of sunlight each day, making it possible to go on different kinds of travel pursuits, whether you're looking to sightsee around the cities or hike up the tall mountains. Average temperatures range from 68°F to 77°F throughout the year, but nighttime can drop to 41°F to 50°F. The town of Dallol, which lies in the Danakil Depression Zone, has the highest average annual temperature in the world at 93°F.

Best Time to Visit Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a pleasant year-round destination , but it is best to avoid the heavy rains, especially if you intend to explore the outdoors, as trails can be more challenging wet. The heaviest precipitation usually falls between June and September, and you can expect clear skies October through February. Festival-wise, you can catch all kinds of cultural and religious events almost any time of the year.

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